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HOMELESS: They live in hotels, cars and borrowed corners. They often have to move at a moment's notice. School sometimes provides the best hours of their lives. Reporter Donna Winchester explores the life of children who have homework, but no home.

TAXING QUESTION: Pinellas County voters approved a special tax 2-1/2 years ago to bolster the teacher salaries. The tax expires in about 18 months, and district officials are wondering whether the community is willing to renew the tax.

SURPRISE CHAMPS: Few expected the Lacoochee Eagles Special Olympics basketball team to go far. But the youngsters have become a source of pride for, this, one of Pasco County's poorest communities, as they head to the state championships on Friday.

READY TO REACH OUT: Looking for new ways to help kids who don't like school, Pasco County education and civic leaders visited the much touted Okaloosa County CHOICE program of career and technical institutes. Their reaction: "Blown away" and ready to jump on board.

GENDERS DIVIDED: And they're just fine, educators at a Fort Pierce middle school tell the Stuart News. "We have found it reduces the number of distractions and increases the time on task," teacher Katie Shook says.

RACES DIVIDED: The principal of a northern California high school split students by race while announcing test results. He said it was to keep harassment down, NPR reports. The decision has sparked some heated debate.

TEACHING THE TEST: Is it right to give extra help to some kids but not to others? Is it proper to ignore regular lessons to teach children how to stay focused on a test? The Washington Post explores the questions behind test ethics amid on Maryland district's efforts to make "adequate yearly progress."

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:14am]


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