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WHAT TO DO WITH THE 19th CHILD: School leaders around Florida are starting to get worried about how they'll deal with the class-size amendment once it moves to classroom counts. Senate Education chairman Don Gaetz predicts chaos. Many local and state leaders are calling for increased flexibility in implementing the law, the Palm Beach Post reports.

DISCRIMINATORY LENDING? A Tampa woman is part of a class action suit alleging that student lender Sallie Mae discriminates against minority applicants.

SUIT CLOSER TO RESOLUTION: The Black Student Achievement Council of Pinellas steps forward to represent black students in a class-action lawsuit alleging that the Pinellas school district has failed to educate black children, possibly pushing the case ahead after months of delay.

STILL SEEKING TO SERVE: Jennifer Crockett, a mom with three kids at Jamerson Elementary who ran for Pinellas School Board two years ago, will vie again for a seat this year.

HOUSING SUBSIDIES FOR TEACHERS: The Palm Beach School Board is considering whether to apply for a state grant to provide affordable housing to teachers. It proposal would offer $10,000 in housing assistance, the Sun-Sentinel reports.

FIX SEX ED: Abstinence-only sex education has failed, and school districts like Brevard that have added more information to their curriculum are wise, Florida Today editorializes.

COOL HISTORY LESSON: The US Army Corps of Engineers unearthed about 400 pounds of WWII-era bombs under an Orlando middle school and will blow them up today, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

WELCOME BACK. HERE'S YOUR TEST: Lee County, like many others in Florida, had to push the end of its first semester to after winter break because lawmakers required the school year to start later than usual. Students and educators aren't too happy with the change, the Naples Daily News reports. Don't believe it's a widespread feeling? Florida Today has a similar story from Brevard County.

HOLD PRIVATE UNIVERSITIES ACCOUNTABLE: If they get state money, they should meet state expectations, the Lakeland Ledger editorializes.

ST. LUCIE GETS SRO's: The district says it can afford officers for another year, but maybe not after that, the Stuart News reports.

Visit the Gradebook at noon for an interview with outgoing K-12 chancellor Cheri Yecke.

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


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