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WANTED: SCIENCE TEACHERS: Florida faces a shrinking pool of science teachers just as the state embarks upon a new science curriculum that arguably would mean we need them even more than ever before.

GIFTED CENTER: The Hernando school district is preparing to open a school for the gifted by August.

ONE GOOD BOOK: The Bible is the only text needed at the one-year Word of Life Bible Institute in Pasco. (It's for adults.)

SIMPLE SOLUTION: Want to help English-language learners learn new vocabulary words? Put the words on the back of P.E. shirts, guest columnist Gregory Rodriguez writes.

BASHING BROGAN: The Florida Atlantic University trustees might rave about the former lieutenant governor and Florida education commissioner, but the school's faculty isn't so thrilled with their campus leader, the Sun-Sentinel reports.

DANGEROUS? HARD TO TELL: The way Florida defines "persistently dangerous" in terms of schools makes it easy for schools to avoid the federal label, despite what happens on campus, the Palm Beach Post reports.

State Sen. Don Gaetz, chairman of the Senate K-12 Education Committee, proposes using factors other than the FCAT results to grade schools, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.

SEX-ED EDUCATION: The St. Lucie school district will teach parents about a controversial proposed sex education program before voting on it, the Palm Beach Post reports. The program doesn't include "condom field trips," as once suggested, the Stuart News reports.

PLANS FOR THE MONEY: Florida State and Florida A&M announce how they will use the income from increased tuition, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.

IF YOU DON'T LIKE FOOTBALL ... There's always archery. Since Florida introduced the sport two years ago, 98 schools have added it to their P.E. curriculum, the Gainesville Sun reports.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:28am]


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