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NAME GAME: Kids attending the school at Tampa's Museum of Science and Industry want to keep the school name simple - MOSI Partnership. But special interests want to honor leaders, or family members, sparking a lively debate.

HANDLING HARASSMENT: Pinellas school officials say they've swiftly and appropriately dealt with a middle school student who ripped the head scarf off a Muslim classmate last week. The Council on American-Islamic Relations says otherwise.

FRESHLY MINTED: Six Hernando teachers gain National Board certification.

PROVIDE COVER: The Hillsborough school district should pay for covered outdoor P.E. areas at elementary schools, rather than relying on PTAs to pick up the cost, the Times editorializes.

WELL PAID: Florida's public college and university presidents are among the nation's highest paid.

CLOSER ON COLORS: The Flagler School Board spends hours talking about student clothing, and nears agreement on a district-wide uniform, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports. The sticking point - jeans and cargo pants.

BYPASSING THE COUNTY: About half of Broward's charter school applicants file with the Florida Schools of Excellence Commission instead of the local school district, the Sun-Sentinel reports. Several districts are contemplating a legal challenge to the FSE, which they say violates the state constitution.

BIASED AGAINST THE POOR: Palm Beach school leaders say the state has created disincentives for experienced teachers to work at the schools that probably need them most, the Palm Beach Post reports.

WHAT ABOUT INTELLIGENT DESIGN? A Polk School Board member calls for her district to oppose the state's proposed science standards, which include specific mention of evolution for the first time, the Lakeland Ledger reports. "There needs to be intelligent design as well," Kay Fields told the Ledger. "You need to show both sides."

ONLINE GRADES: Parents love it. Students hate it. The Brevard school district is sold on EdLine, the Internet-based grade tracking system, Florida Today reports.

NO MORE 'JUST SAY NO': Virginia's governor cuts off funds for abstinence-only sex education, citing reports that say it doesn't work, the Washington Post reports.

DESEG CONFUSION: Several school districts around the country remain under federal desegregation orders, despite a recent US Supreme Court ruling essentially rendering them unconstitutional. District leaders are getting frustrated, the AP reports.

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