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Tb_science_450 DARWIN DEFENDERS DOMINATE: Supporters of evolution in Florida's science standards greatly outnumber the pro-creation forces at a public hearing on the standards. There's one more hearing scheduled for next week in Miramar, with the State Board of Education scheduled to vote on the standards in February. (Florida Times-Union photo)

A PLACE TO LIVE: Hillsborough Community College becomes one of the few community colleges to offer on-campus housing.

SCORE ONE FOR THE LEGISLATURE: A Leon County judge says former governor and senator Bob Graham has no standing in court to challenge lawmakers' power to set tuition for Florida universities. State Senate president Ken Pruitt calls the decision "just the first skirmish in a long battle."

NOT READY: Florida's tax system can't handle a major crisis, as the state faces revenue declines and greater demands for services including improved education, former FSU president Talbot D'Alemberte writes in an opinion piece.

BARRING BAD TEACHERS: Senate Education chairman Don Gaetz is pushing legislation to keep teachers found guilty of misconduct from getting new classroom jobs, the Northwest Florida Daily News reports.

LACKING EQUITY: The state needs to better fund gifted education, so top students get the education they deserve, the Stuart News editorializes.

NEEDS IMPROVEMENT: A state audit turns up three areas of concern in FSU's finances, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.

DEMOTED: FAMU president James Ammons removes the dean of the nursing school and appoints an interim, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.

MERIT PAY FEEDBACK: Teachers in Denver have a performance pay plan, and those with more experience are more supportive of it, NPR reports.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:31am]


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