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Bsecti_crists_2427006 CRIST PUSHES AMENDMENT 1: Touring the state, the governor tries to convince voters that the property tax changes won't hurt education and other public services.  Meanwhile, the Palm Beach School Board worries about budget cuts if the amendment passes, the Sun-Sentinel reports. (Times photo, Daniel Wallace)

FAVORITISM? Tony Dungy's son got a hard-to-secure special assignment into Plant High, considered one of Hillsborough's best schools. Reaction to the news is anger mixed with understanding.

She's at home at her easel (Challenger K-8); An experience that spans the curriculum (West Hernando Middle)

NO WAY TO QUIET A STUDENT: A Duval teacher duct tapes a student's leg to his desk and hands to his head, then puts tape over his mouth when he won't stop talking, the Florida Times-Union reports. The teacher has been removed from class and faces dismissal.

BACK DOWN FROM THE STANDARDS: St. Johns and Baker school boards have adopted resolutions against proposed new science standards, which include evolution as a key idea, and Clay, Nassau and Putnam counties are poised to do the same, the Florida Times-Union reports.

WHY TRUST JEB? The Independent Alligator takes issue with the former governor's new education foundation: "His well-known, stubborn refusal to raise taxes for education during his term, including his plan to combat the class size amendment, clearly shows he did not make public education a high priority then. So why should we trust him now?"

THERE OUGHT TO BE A LAW: Palm Beach students propose a bill that would require students to complete community service, work a year for the state or for a service-based organization in order to qualify for a Bright Futures scholarship, the Palm Beach Post reports.

SAVE OUR SCHOOLS: More than 200 parents protest a proposal to close 10 underenrolled Miami-Dade schools, the Miami Herald reports.

FSU CONSIDERS CUTS: Tight finances have Florida State leaders looking at eliminating more than 200 jobs, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.

LAKE SUPERINTENDENT SEARCH: The Lake School Board trims its candidate list to eight, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

GRADUATION NOT ENOUGH: Urban schools across the country are changing their curriculum to push students beyond just earning a diploma and passing the SAT, reasoning that success means more, the NY Times reports.

TEXTBOOK BATTLE: The Texas Board of Education rejects a math text used in several school districts, sparking a debate over the board's powers and the politics involved in book selection, the Dallas Morning News reports. Surprising this doesn't happen in Florida, too.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:32am]


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