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ACCOUNTABILITY "TWEAKS": Gov. Charlie Crist has some new things in mind for Florida's school accountability program. But the Orlando Sentinel reports that he's most likely to propose changes around the edges and not completely overhaul the system.

AIDING REFUGEES: Communities often help refugee parents with finances, social services and the like. But what about their kids? The Hillsborough County school district, using a federal grant, plans to focus on refugee students and their school needs with a newly created Immigrant Acculturation Center, reporter Amber Mobley writes.

WHEN TO STAY, WHEN TO GO: They’ve been false alarms. But Hernando County school officials have taken no chances, conducting five evacuations in seven days. "Safety is paramount," district spokesman Roy Gordon explains. School district officials, meanwhile, continue to evaluate the recent evacuation of Challenger K-8, to determine if everything they did worked well.

A NEW WAY TO WRITE: Forget the formulaic five-paragraph model. Free yourself to write creatively, teachers at Weightman Middle School in Pasco County tell students. You might even enjoy writing, they add. And surprise, the students do.

A BOOST FOR FINANCIAL AID: The White House has proposed increasing financial aid to needy college students by the largest amount in 30 years, the Washington Post reports. It still remains to be seen whether this idea will help, or if colleges will keep boosting tuition faster than many can keep up. Community college still looks good, doesn't it?

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:13am]


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