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Fcat AN ABERRATION: The testing experts hired to review errors with the 2006 third-grade reading FCAT exam conclude the state had a one-time problem due to the "misplacement" of anchor questions. They also raise some policy questions about how the state uses the FCAT.

BIG TEST: FAMU president James Ammons heads to New Orleans to try to convince the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to take the university off accreditation probation.

EXPANDING GLOBAL VIEWS: USF becomes the first university in Florida, and one of just 30 in the country, to establish a Confucius Institute. The institute, sponsored by the Chinese government, aims to boost understanding of Chinese language and culture.

A DAY AT THE FAIR? The Hillsborough School Board plans to set its 2008-09 calendar, with the placement of student holidays again sparking some controversy.

COMMITTED: The Pinellas school district will do what it takes to improve graduation rates, superintendent Clayton Wilcox writes in a guest column.

UNDECIDED: Broward's plans to build a new high school to relieve its most crowded high schools gets stalled, again, as the School Board splits on what to do, the Sun-Sentinel reports.

PLEASE EXPLAIN: Angry lawmakers press Florida Atlantic University president Frank Brogan for the reasons behind a huge severance package to the school's former fund raiser, the Palm Beach Post reports.

SEEKING SAFEGUARDS: The Palm Beach School Board wants tighter rules aimed at preventing theft by school bookkeepers, the Palm Beach Post reports. The action - the district's second in a year - comes after a report of three separate incidents where bookkeepers stole money from their schools.

RAY OF HOPE: Manatee superintendent Roger Dearing signals he might not cancel a special education program that's on the chopping block, the Bradenton Herald reports.

STUDENTS WEIGH IN: Collier student leaders offer recommendations on how to change the district's high school schedule without harming their credits, the Naples Daily News reports. District officials plan to alter the schedule for the third time in three years to save money.

FEE BATTLE HEATS UP: Lake County commissioners must decide whether to double their school impact fee to more than $14,000, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

Harvard is the latest elite institution to try to tame its affordability with an increase financial aid to students from middle-income families, the NY Times reports. Also read the LA Times story on the subject.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:30am]


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