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PTA HONORS PINELLAS PRINCIPALS: The state organization recognizes East Lake High's Clayton Snare and Largo Middle's Fred Ulrich as best in Florida for 2007.

LAW SCHOOL TENSIONS: Professors at FAMU's law school have problems with the way the place is run. Incoming dean LeRoy Pernell says it's the perfect time to deal with the faculty's issues, as the school works to gain full accreditation.

SECOND HOPEFUL IN RACE: Kurt Conover of Land O'Lakes enters the field seeking to replace retiring Pasco School Board chairwoman Marge Whaley.

NO CONTROVERSY WANTED: A Sarasota teacher and the mom who criticized him on the Rush Limbaugh show make up, the Sarasota Herald-Tribune reports.

YANK THAT BOOK: Schools and public libraries around Florida are removing old copies of the Magic Attic series after some parents discover the phone number listed in the back to join a club now is a sex line, the Naples Daily News reports.

WHAT NOT TO WEAR? The Flagler School Board is united on having a countywide school uniform. If only the five members could agree on all the details, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports. Apparently, they don't all share the same style sense.

STILL NOT ENOUGH: Florida universities are not lifting enrollment caps or hiring freezes, as newly approved tuition increases don't come close to covering the money gap, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.

CALCULATING GRAD RATES: US Ed Secretary Margaret Spellings is contemplating whether to require all states to do it the same way, if Congress doesn't do the job, the AP reports. "I think we need some truth in advertising," Spellings told the AP.

VOUCHER DEFEAT: Education Week offers some interesting insights into Utah's voucher referendum and what might come next in the world of choice. Dan Lips of the Heritage Foundation writes in the Salt Lake Tribune that special interest groups killed the idea at the ballot box, but not in reality, using Florida as one example of how the idea lives on.

Visit the Gradebook at noon for an interview with Broward County superintendent Jim Notter, who talks about his district's move away from the "FCAT frenzy."

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:26am]


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