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A4s_gpa051308_23322c BEYOND PERFECT: If you think a 4.0 grade-point average is the best kids can do, talk to the 250 Hillsborough seniors with GPA's above 6.0. Two even have surpassed an 8.0. (Times photo, Melissa Lyttle)

MAKING A DIFFERENCE: Lowry Elementary teacher Marlene Sacarello receives the Hillsborough school district's second annual "We Deliver" award of $10,000 for having an impact on children's lives beyond the classroom. (Times photo, Ken Helle)

YOUR VOTE COUNTS: And it's about more than McCain vs. Obama or Clinton. Floridians will decide nine constitutional amendments in November, including four that involve education.

TICK, TOCK FOR FAMU LAW: The struggling law school has until August 2009 to overcome problems the American Bar Association has deemed particularly serious.

TURN IT OFF? Seminole schools launched Bus Radio with great fanfare as a way to entertain kids on the bus and keep them quieter. It seems not to be working, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

TAKE THE DEAL: Seven former Collier School Board members urge the current board to accept fired superintendent Ray Baker's offer to settle his wrongful termination lawsuit for $555,000, the Naples Daily News reports.

FLORIDA GETS A C-PLUS ON TESTS: Stanford University's conservative Hoover Institution rates the state's accountability testing program as about average, the AP reports (via the Sun-Sentinel). Just three states - Massachusetts, Missouri and South Carolina - received an A.

DID THEY CHEAT? The Florida Department of Education is looking into allegations that Jefferson County's middle and high schools gave practice FCAT's that looked too similar to the real thing, WCTV in Tallahassee reports.

HEADED TO PENNSYLVANIA: University of West Florida president John Cavanaugh will become the new chancellor of Pennsylvania's higher education system, the Pensacola News-Journal reports.

FIRST FOUR-YEAR DEGREES, NOW HOUSING: Daytona Beach Community College looks into providing student housing as it moves toward more four-year programs, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.

BUDGET ROUNDUP: Miami-Dade will again work on a plan to close some under-enrolled schools, but this time with setting the criteria before naming the schools in hopes of staving off parent protests, the Miami Herald reports. More than 350 people turn out to protest proposed cuts in St. Lucie, the Port St. Lucie News reports. The Leon School Board prepares to vote on cuts that include getting rid of reading coaches, the Tallahassee Democrat reports. Lobbyists warn Manatee school leaders that more cuts are likely than those that came out of session, the Herald-Tribune reports.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:41am]


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