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FLORIDIANS STILL DON'T LIKE THE FCAT: A St. Petersburg Times poll shows that respondents like their schools, aren't too thrilled with Florida's education system as a whole, and disapprove of the FCAT. Visit the Gradebook at 8:30 a.m. for more results.

EVOLUTION COMPROMISE: State Department of Education officials put forth a possible tweak to the hotly disputed proposed science standard dealing with evolution, suggesting the addition of the words "scientific theory" in the description. ***Bonus nugget - Gov Crist finally speaks - briefly - on the subject.

SPC EVACUATES: The day after a fatal shooting at Northern Illinois University, St. Pete College shuts down upon receiving word that an upset student was making threats on campus there.

GO SOMEWHERE ELSE: USF trustees decide to limit transfers into the school as part of their cost-cutting measures.

PASCO PLANS ACADEMIES: Pasco school officials are getting gung-ho about offering students career options in addition to a high school diploma. They plan a workshop for Tuesday to discuss adding career academies to all high schools.

OSCEOLA SUPERINTENDENT TO RETIRE: Blaine Muse, who came under fire a year ago for lagging school grades, decides to call it a career, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

HOORAY FOR EVOLUTION: Volusia School Board members say science and religion should be kept separate, the DeLand-Deltona Beacon reports.

Miami-Dade superintendent Rudy Crew wins the national honor, along with predictions that he could become US Education secretary under the next president, the Miami Herald reports.

WELCOME FIRST STEP: The Palm Beach school district made a good move in expanding its abstinence-based sex-ed curriculum to younger students, but it should do even more, the Palm Beach Post editorializes.

BLASTED: The U.S. State Department criticizes FAU for setting up a program that brought educators to Florida from India for "poverty" wages, the Palm Beach Post reports.

NEW TEST FOR SPECIAL NEEDS STUDENTS: The state launches its Florida Alternate Assessment Test for students who are not capable of taking the FCAT, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.

Visit the Gradebook at noon for an interview with Bob Wise, head of the Alliance for Excellent Education.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:34am]


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