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Local_several_2642600 FCAT ONLINE: High school students required to retake the FCAT have a new option - a computerized version. Pinellas, Hillsborough and Hernando are participating in a pilot effort that ultimately aims to have much of the test taken on computers. The Stuart News also reports on the future of FCAT on computer.  (Times photo, Chris Zuppa)

GRADUATION TIME: Pinellas announces its graduation sites. The most popular venue is the home turf.

TAKE A DEEP BREATH AND RELAX: Pasco educators offer suggestions for how to overcome stress while taking the FCAT.

FIVE YEARS WITH FRANK: Former education commissioner and lieutenant governor Frank Brogan has now led Florida Atlantic University for five years, and he's made many changes while also generating controversy, the Sun-Sentinel reports.

AP FOR ALL: The Duval school district opens its high-level courses to more than just its high-level students as part of a project called Excelerator, Education Week reports. Hillsborough schools also participate.

JUST SAY NO TO UNIFORMS: Schools, parents and students don't need "the scourge of uniforms," Sun-Sentinel columnist Gary Stein writes. (Broward has been debating its uniforms policy lately.)

DRUMMED OUT OF TROUBLE: A Miami-Dade elementary school starts a steel drum band for students as an incentive to improve their behavior, the Miami Herald reports.

BEN STEIN'S MOVIE: The actor, economist and former Nixon adviser will appear in Tallahassee to talk about evolution and his documentary "Expelled," which "academic freedom" supporter Rep. D. Alan Hays of Umatilla will show to other lawmakers, the Miami Herald reports.

TRY FAMU: The struggling university delivers scholarships around Florida aiming to lift enrollment, the Palm Beach Post reports. President James Ammons is due in the Tampa Bay area today.

FORGET THE FINES: The Palm Beach school district gets dinged for water use violations at six schools. Instead of paying fines, the district will create an environmental program for six other schools, the Palm Beach Post reports.

GETTING THERE: Lake narrows its superintendent search to two finalists, the Orlando Sentinel reports. The district is seeking its first appointed leader in three decades. Manatee Community College has five semifinalists for its presidency, including Lars Hafner of St. Pete College, the Herald-Tribune reports.

SAFE, FOR NOW: Manatee superintendent Roger Dearing withdraws a recommendation to dip into the district's reserves after board members question the move, the Bradenton Herald reports.

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