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Education news and notes from Tampa Bay and Florida

Today's news

424pxmagic_wandsvg CLICKED AND READ: The story of a Pasco substitute teacher who claimed he was fired because of "wizardry" makes its way around the globe. Like usual, there was more to the story than his side, but judging from the response that School Board members got, readers weren't much interested in all the facts.

FIX IT OR CLOSE IT: Florida certainly doesn't need more lawyers, so if Florida A&M can't repair its law school, the state should just cut its losses and move on, the Times editorializes.

FEA TO FIGHT VOUCHERS: Meeting in Orlando, the Florida Education Association decided to challenge the legality of two proposed constitutional amendments on vouchers that are headed to the November ballot, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

SOME UPLIFTING WORDS: Palm Beach superintendent Art Johnson offers the Class of 2008 a fairly conventional graduation speech, unlike past years where he's proven controversial, the Sun-Sentinel reports.

SMARTER THAN A FIFTH GRADER? Some teachers at a Naples private school find they're not always able to answer the questions, but they have tons of fun emphasizing drama and the arts along with academics while staging their show, the Naples Daily News reports.

THEY NEED A TEACHER: A Venice Elementary special needs class has cycled through four substitute teachers since the February arrest of their regular teacher, raising parent concerns about the education of their children, the Herald-Tribune reports.

LOOKING FOR A LEADER: The University of West Florida seeks a new president, one who can bring in the bucks and work wonders in the Legislature, the Pensacola News-Journal reports.

AROUND THE NATION: Parents at a D.C.-area school are trying to figure out why one mom is trying to stop them from bringing dogs with them at dropoff and pickup times, the Washington Post reports. Dallas-area schools look for ways, such as charging kids for bus rides, to cope with rising fuel and food costs, the Dallas Morning News reports. A troubled New Jersey school pulls out the stops to try to prepare kids for the state's upcoming accountability testing, the NY Times reports. Wonder if this would be banned under Florida's pending new rules banning teaching to the test.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:42am]


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