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Images OPPOSITION MOUNTING: State Board of Education member Donna Callaway's comments against proposed new standards regarding Darwin's theory of evolution signal that the curriculum recommendation won't pass without a fight. "I haven't seen this level of passion" on any other education issue, said Akshay Desai, a Board of Education member from St. Petersburg. Also, some St. Johns County parents are trying to get the state to "red flag" the standard, the Florida Times-Union reports.

SEEKING MORE INFLUENCE: The Florida Board of Governors wants a more direct say in how each of the state's 11 universities is run.

IS THAT DEGREE WORTH THE PAPER IT'S WRITTEN ON? Maybe not. Dozens of Florida leaders have degrees from schools of questionable value. Florida, unlike other states, doesn't keep track of schools' reputations for potential students to consider.

UNFOUNDED: USF's audit department finds most of the harsh complaints made by an outgoing administrator have no basis in fact.

NEW CONTRACT: Hernando teachers reach a deal on pay with the administration, after talks stalled a week ago.

ENOUGH RIBBONS ALREADY: The Broward School Board considers limits on the number of awards doled out at graduation ceremonies, the Sun-Sentinel reports.

THAT'S CLOSE ENOUGH: The Board of Governors is poised to adopt a code of conduct for university financial aid officials and their relationships with lenders, the Sun-Sentinel reports.

SHUT THEM DOWN: The Palm Beach school district will close two traditional schools and reassign the students, the first time in 20 years it has taken such a step, the Palm Beach Post reports. The district says the schools are too small and enrollment is dwindling.

NOT THE PLACE: A Broward teacher faces losing her job for repeatedly drinking alcohol at school, the Miami Herald reports.

WHAT TO DO WITH FAMU: State Sen. Al Lawson wants to dismantle the panel overseeing the university, saying operations have improved there. Board of Governors chair Carolyn Roberts says not so fast, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.

DISTRICT TAKES CONTROL: The Polk school district takes over Head Start for the county, after the agency that was doing it lost its federal contract for sloppy finances, the Lakeland Ledger reports.

MORE COMPLAINTS: Opponents of St. Lucie's proposed sex-ed curriculum now say it won't work because it doesn't deal with minority issues, the Stuart News reports.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:29am]


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