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RESUME PADDING: He looks good on paper. But the job history of Craig Bangtson, a finalist for Hernando County superintendent, doesn't hold up under scrutiny. He didn't even give the same story to different districts where he sought to be superintendent. Hernando Board members are reconsidering whether to interview him next week.

STILL MAGNETS: Children attending magnet schools in Hernando County are safe from reassignment. The School Board decided to insulate the magnets from attendance boundary revisions, even amid complaints that the schools don't suffer crowding while neighborhood schools do.

FCAT CHEATING INVESTIGATION: Miami-Dade school officials are looking into whether children at Edison Middle in Little Haiti got a sneak peek at the annual exam, and then extra time to complete it, the Miami Herald reports.

STAR CHANGES ADVANCE: The Florida Senate moves ahead with its revision of the controversial performance pay plan, the Palm Beach Post reports. Its version differs slightly from the House bill.

HAVE YOU HEARD OF ALLEN LIN? If he played sports you might have. But Allen is a New Jersey senior who is an expert at school. He's earned a 5 - that's the best - on 13 of 13 Advanced Placement exams he has taken, Newhouse News reports.

CHECKING THE '65 PERCENT SOLUTION': Texas was among the first states to require school districts to spend at least 65 percent of their funds on classroom expenses. (Florida thought about it but didn't move ahead, yet.) Well, Texas created a loophole. Districts instead can post their check registers online, to let the people decide if they were spending wisely. Guess what they're doing. Read the Dallas Morning News report here.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:15am]


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