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Tb_sharedcampus_450 SHARED CAMPUS, BUSY ROADS: As the Hillsborough school district builds more multi-school campuses, especially in the northwest corner, the county has to find solutions to heavier traffic patterns on some busy roads such as Gunn Highway. But the educational benefits make it worthwhile. (Times photo, Chris Zuppa)

VOICES THAT MATTER: For two years, the Pinellas School Board listened to all sorts of adults about school assignment plans. Just weeks before the plan's final adoption, the Times turned to students for their views.

A MOM'S MOTIVATION: Two moms work through life and school to earn degrees from Pasco-Hernando Community College. Their kids kept them going.

THE EVOLUTION DEBATE MUST END: "We don't have the time to be mucking around in this tired debate," columnist Robyn Blumner writes." You don't produce doctors and scientists by teaching science from the Bible. Period." Meanwhile, columnist Howard Troxler writes that creation and evolution are completely separate matters that should be taught separately.

SEX ED IS GOOD FOR YOU: The Palm Beach Post editorializes that the St. Lucie School Board should adopt a controversial sex-ed program because it has economic development implications: If the community can't deal with an epidemic, it can't improve its economy.

The state will launch a specially designed test, given one-on-one, to monitor the progress of students with IQs of 40 and below, the Sun-Sentinel reports. Their results could even count on a school's grade starting in 2009-10. See the sidebar here.

MAKE THEM ACCOUNTABLE: The Orlando Sentinel editorializes in favor of increased state oversight of Florida's charter schools.

KEEP THE CULTURE ALIVE: Longtime school teacher Louise Gopher vows to continue her work teaching the Seminole language of Creek to Seminole children despite her retirement, the Palm Beach Post reports.

PERFORMANCE PAY: Florida Today got information on all the Brevard teachers who got bonuses and breaks down the distribution, as well as the concerns over how they were allocated.

SMALLER LEARNING COMMUNITIES: The Manatee school district gets a $7.2-million grant to implement the current high school rage, the Bradenton Herald reports.

BACK ON TRACK: That's where FAMU is, president James Ammons proclaims to the Tallahassee Democrat.

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


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