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GOING HIGH-TECH: State education officials plan to computerize the FCAT test, beginning with the norm-referenced section given to three grade levels in 2009. That has some school-level technology specialists raising lots of questions.

FIRST STEP: Springstead High in Spring Hill admits its first pre-International Baccalaureate students as it puts the finishing touches on its application to offer the rigorous, four-year diploma program.

EVALUATING SKILLS: Nature Coast High in Brooksville launches a new state program designed to help job seekers determine if they have the skills that employers are looking for.

WARFORD STAYS PUT: Looks like former K-12 chancellor Jim Warford will remain with the Florida Association of School Administrators. The Kentucky Board of Education chose someone else to be its new commissioner, the Lexington Herald-Leader reports.

IS ANYONE NOT CHALLENGING? The Duval school district joins the growing list of counties preparing to fight the state for the exclusive authority to grant charter schools, the Florida Times-Union reports.

The Palm Beach school district needs at least 30 more to protect walkers and bikers, but it's having a tough time finding people to take the part-time jobs that pay only about $31 a day, the Sun-Sentinel reports.

TURN OUT THAT LIGHT: Manatee school officials hope to save millions in energy costs by getting employees to be more thoughtful about things like flipping the switch as they walk out the door, the Herald-Tribune reports.

SPECIAL STUDENTS, SPECIAL NEEDS: The Herald-Tribune continues its four-part series on one teacher's experiences with her exceptional student education class.

IT'S ABOUT THEM, ISN'T IT? Some Collier high school students are speaking out about the district's plan to change their class schedule for the third time in three years, the Naples Daily News reports. The district wants to save money but, surprise, students actually care about the value of their credits.

NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND - EXCEPT THE GIFTED: Experts are joining advocates in suggesting that the federal school accountability law lets educators ignore gifted students in order to focus on low achievers, the Washington Post reports.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:27am]


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