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LANGUAGE LESSONS: A bill in the Florida Legislature would make certification easier for foreign language teachers who don't specialize in the big four of Spanish, French, German and Latin.

GETTING READY: The FCAT begins Tuesday, and schools and students spent a lot of time preparing, the Orlando Sentinel reports. Maybe too much time? Lawmakers are considering a bill that would ban such things as suspending the curriculum (done in Orange County) to make room for FCAT prep.

EDUCATION GOVERNANCE: The House Schools and Learning Council split along party lines over the proposal to overhaul the Board of Governors and elect the state education commissioner, the Tallahassee Democrat reports. Gov. Crist - the last elected commissioner - hasn't taken a position on the bill yet. Reaction within higher education is generally not favorable, the Bradenton Herald reports.

TELL US ABOUT THAT $200,000: While talking about changing how the state's universities are run, Florida lawmakers also question the hefty bonus that chancellor Mark Rosenberg is getting, the Miami Herald reports.

TOO MUCH P.E.? Art and music teachers are opposing a bill that would mandate 225 minutes of weekly physical education in middle schools, saying it would rob kids of other electives, the Naples Daily News reports.

HARD TO FIND: There's lots of competition for good superintendents these days, as the Sarasota school district is about to learn, the Herald-Tribune reports.

WHAT HAPPENED? The Miami Herald breaks down the factors that led to a chaotic protest and student arrests at Miami Edison Senior High a week ago.

MONEY WOES: The Manatee school district is the latest to dip into its rainy day funds to keep its budget afloat, the Bradenton Herald reports. Meanwhile, Marion school officials discuss dropping state-mandated programs if the fines look to be cheaper, the Ocala Star-Banner reports.

COME ON OVER: A growing number of university systems are reducing non-resident tuition to lure students from other states, the NY Times reports.

Visit the Gradebook at noon for an interview with Pinellas School Board chairwoman Nancy Bostock, who talks about the district's efforts to revise the student code of conduct.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:36am]


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