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MONEY WOES PLAGUE STATE EDUCATION: Florida's K-12 accountability program could face financial problems that might set it back. A lack of cash creates problems for Florida's university system, too.

HIGH-TECH SCAVENGER HUNT: Using GPS, science books and a love for the great outdoors, Wiregrass Ranch High in Wesley Chapel kicks off a geocaching adventure for its entire feeder pattern.

WHY BUY? The Hernando school district has loads of obsolete computers, but usually buys just 700 new ones yearly. Leaders now are talking about leasing computers to move to modernity more quickly.

GOOD FOR THE GIFTED: Hernando school officials want to put all the gifted students in a center just for them. Columnist Andrew Skerritt likes the idea.

FOUR LITTLE WORDS: "The scientific theory of," when the word "evolution" comes next, doesn't sit well with the scientists pushing for change in Florida's science standards, the Orlando Sentinel reports. For more on the debate see this Fort Myers News-Press story.

DISCRIMINATE, LOSE FUNDS: FSU's student government decides to withhold funding from any group that discriminates against gay students, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.

NEVER ABLE TO TALK? HARDLY: As a child, Craig Pierson was diagnosed with autism and his parents were told he would be better off in an institution. Now, the Barron Collier High senior is helping his school's academic team win contests, the Naples Daily News reports.

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


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