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FALLEN STAR: Everyone who knows Anthony Giancola, the disgraced now-former principal of Tampa's Van Buren Middle School, expressed shock at his Thursday arrest. They knew him as a top educator and community activist, not a crack smoker who wanted a hit in his office while students took classes outside. Giancola, who resigned Friday, proved like so many others with hidden problems, that you can be both.

REAL STAR: James Gibbs III is Hillsborough County's teacher of the year. He encourages his students to strive for perfection at Burns Middle School in Brandon.

DOWNWARD DOG BEFORE MATH: When stress gets to consuming, a Broward County elementary school turns to yoga for relaxation, the Miami Herald reports. The school kicks it up a notch when FCAT rolls around. Breathe in and stretch.

SPEAKING OF FCAT ... Kids start taking the test Monday. The Sun-Sentinel reports that many educators, parents and children consider this year's stakes higher than ever.

END OF DESEG IN LITTLE ROCK: The case began while Dwight Eisenhower was president, and troops had to escort black children into all-white schools. A judge now says the Little Rock schools have met their burden in providing an equal education in a unified system, the Associated Press reports. Here's the New York Times version.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:14am]


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