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Tb_education_450_2 LUCKY TO HAVE HIM: Folks at Seven Springs Middle in Pasco are sad to see principal Chris Christoff (left) go, but say his new school couldn't ask for better. (Times photo, Stephen J. Coddington)

WHAT'S MY SCHOOL? Pinellas parents won't find out for about two months which school their children are zoned for under the district's new student assignment plan.

IN THE MIX: Lee superintendent James Browder, whom the School Board has tried to keep with financial incentives, makes the short list of finalists to lead the FHSAA, the Naples Daily News reports.

PART-TIME PROFESSORS: Colleges and universities in Florida and elsewhere increasingly use adjunct professors to teach classes, saving lots of money in tight financial times, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.

HITTING THE MIDDLE CLASS: When universities cut, they hear from constituents. Pending tuition increases and enrollment caps in Florida's higher education system could backfire, Tallahassee Democrat columnist Bill Cotterell writes.

SEEKING TOUGHER STANDARDS: Fifteen states including Florida are looking to boost the penalties for educators who take advantage of students, the AP reports.

WHEN IS A QUIZ NOT A QUIZ? When it's a game, of course. Many schools are turning to audience response technology - you know, the clickers like they use on Jeopardy! - to get students more excited about the whole affair, the NY Times reports.

FIGHTING ROBIN HOOD: A small Texas school district challenges the state's school finance program in which wealthier districts send money to the state to help support poorer ones, the Dallas Morning News reports. Other states including Florida have like programs. Ever wonder if a similar revolt could happen here?

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:33am]


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