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A4s_tampa040308_17221c PUSHING TO EXCEL: Hillsborough middle and high schools are about to change the way kids learn. Superintendent MaryEllen Elia has announced that the district has adopted the College Board's EXCELerator system, which aims to push all students to higher academic achievement with a more rigorous curriculum, for all secondary schools. It's the nation's first broad test of the relatively new program. (Times photo, Carrie Pratt)

THE SURVEY SAYS ... Well, Pasco school officials can't really extrapolate too much from this year's parent survey, as just 11.8 percent of parents responded. Just four years ago, nearly one-third of parents returned the questionnaire.

TOP OF THE CLASS - HILLSBOROUGH: Bloomingdale orchestra rattles piggy bank for trip to Beijing

Educators stagger at the news of the Senate's budget proposals for Florida education, the Orlando Sentinel reports. Senate Education Appropriations chairman Stephen Wise suggests that school officials are just being dramatic. More from the Palm Beach Post.

CALENDAR COMPROMISE: The Palm Beach school district makes the first semester 83 days, and the second 97, to meet the state's school start mandate and also fit midterms in before winter break. The superintendent says he'll be watching closely how well students do in the short semester before recommending the same thing again, the Sun-Sentinel reports.

SEEKING SUPPORT: A bill to change the way Florida grades schools - which educators and even the governor "love" - sailed through the Senate, but doesn't even have a companion in the House. Senate leaders expect the measure to become a bargaining point late in the session, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.

VOUCHER BILL CONTINUES TO MOVE: Another Senate committee narrowly approves a bill to expand the state's corporate income tax credit scholarship program, the Palm Beach Post reports. More from the Miami Herald.

OFFICIALLY CHEAP: New U.S. Census numbers put Florida at second-to-last nationally in education spending as compared to relative wealth, the Palm Beach Post reports.

OK TO SEGREGATE BY GENDER: Both the House and Senate approve a bill to let schools create single-gender classrooms, the Herald-Tribune reports. The legislation now heads to Gov. Crist.

The Broward and Miami-Dade school districts are finalists for the Broad Prize for Urban Education, the Miami Herald reports.

STUDENTS CHOOSE BEER: No, it's not a teacher misconduct story. It's about the final exam in a FIU hospitality class, as the Miami Herald reports.

NOT LIKELY: A group of Georgia third-graders bring an assortment of weapons to school with a plan to assault, knock out and stab their teachers. Experts say they don't think the kids would have actually hurt anyone, the AP reports (via USA Today).

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:38am]


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