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MERELY A THEORY: The State Board of Education approved wide ranging changes to the science curriculum, with much of the new standards applauded. But the debate centered on evolution, which the board called a "scientific theory" as a compromise to those who don't think evolution has been proved. For a Times editorial on the issue, click here.

ELECT THE COMMISSIONER: State Senate president Ken Pruitt has revived the idea that voters should choose Florida's education commissioner.

RAISING EXPECTATIONS: Hillsborough schools agree to expand their participation in a national initiative to improve academic performance of poor and minority students.

THEY LIKE IT: The Hernando School Board goes for the idea of leasing computers rather than buying them.

BOUNDARIES APPROVED: The Pasco School Board okays attendance zones for Veterans Elementary in Wesley Chapel and Crews Lake Middle in Shady Hills.

ECKERD TURNS 50: The private college celebrates its half-century mark.

CC's TO OFFER DEGREES: Broward and Palm Beach community colleges get the green light to offer four-year bachelor's degree programs, the Sun-Sentinel reports.

VPK IS WORKING: About 90 percent of Brevard's pre-k programs meet the state standard, Florida Today reports.

SEND IT BACK: Broward and Miami-Dade schools return their tainted beef to California, the Miami Herald reports.

LET THE VOTERS DECIDE: Besides wanting an elected education commissioner (see above), Senate president Ken Pruitt also wants voters to determine who has the power to set tuition at the state's universities, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

FORGET IT: Orange school leaders reject a plan to rebuild a troubled high school in a different part of town, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

MOVING MONEY: Collier superintendent Dennis Thompson wants to ask lawmakers to let his district use capital funds for operating expenses, the Naples Daily News reports.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:35am]


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