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EVOLUTION E-MAIL: Charlie Carraway, program manager for the Florida Department of Education Office of Instructional Materials, cared enough about stopping a proposal to include evolution as a key science standard to send e-mails urging others to oppose it. She used her position to lend her missive credibility, though, and that's gotten her in trouble. Also, here's an AP story on Florida and the evolution standard.

FEDS INVESTIGATING HARASSMENT COMPLAINT: The U.S. Justice Department is looking into a Muslim girl's charges that a classmate at Azalea Middle in St. Petersburg pulled her head scarf off and threatened her.

VOUCHER FRAUD: State investigators say Maya Dennard, who ran a private school in Pinellas, falsified scholarship applications to get extra voucher money. She also inflated the number of her students, falsely reported the cost of tuition and submitted an altered fee schedule to take advantage of the state programs.

AIMING FOR THE TOP: USF wants to be one of the nation's leaders in treating sick babies. It's hired a renowned neonatologist, Lewis P. Rubin, to head the effort. He'll make $397,000 a year.

NEVER FORGET: Hernando students at Chocachatti Elementary honor those who died at Pearl Harbor.

WHERE THERE'S OPPORTUNITY: The Palm Beach school district reviews three cases where school bookkeepers stole money, and details how it has changed procedures as a result, the Sun-Sentinel reports.

MCDONALD'S RESPONDS: More on the flap over the Happy Meal ad on Seminole County's report card jackets from the Chicago Tribune.

THE COST OF BULLIES: Schools find themselves facing lawsuits over bullying incidents, the Herald-Tribune reports.

FAMU AUDIT APPROVED: FAMU receives its first unqualified audit in three years, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.

NOT THE SCHOOL'S FAULT: A new report indicates that achievement gaps in education often are due to factors that have nothing to do with schooling, the NY Times reports.

HOMEWORK BATTLE: Some parents in the successful, upscale San Marino, Calif., school district are fighting against what they see as an avalanche of homework falling on their kids. They blame Asian-American families for pushing the bar too high, the LA Times reports.

Visit the Gradebook at noon for an interview with Florida education commissioner Eric J. Smith.

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


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