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FIX OUR SCHOOLS: The Pinellas Education Foundation, displeased with poor graduation rates, calls for changes in the Pinellas district schools.

BLOOMBERG NEWS: NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg praises the Jeb Bush education model (except he doesn't like vouchers much, shhh), the AP reports. See our post from yesterday on Bloomberg's speech, too.

SPEAKING OF VOUCHERS: Florida is well on its way to having state-funded religious schools if Jeb gets his way in November, Church and State magazine reports.

TEACHERS AGREE TO PAY FREEZE: Putnam's administration and teachers union accept a deal to hold off on raises amid tough budget times, the Palatka Daily News reports. Unlike Manatee, Pasco and some others.

LOVING THE 4-DAY WEEK: Brevard Community College finds that the shorter work week - implemented to save money - is hugely popular, Florida Today reports. (Of course colleges don't have the same day-care issues as the K-12 schools if they choose this option.)

A GOOD START: Bullying is everywhere - not just in the school yard anymore - and the Broward district is right on to lead Florida in creating its anti-bullying policy, the Sun-Sentinel editorializes.

A CLASSIC EDUCATION: John Brunner is a former elementary teacher who decided to home-school his own child in a classical way. Now he's opening an academy for like-minded parents, the Naples Daily News reports.

DON'T DO IT: The NAACP blasts a proposal to let Orange voters choose the School Board chairman, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

NEW SAT RULES: Starting in 2010, students will be able to select which scores the colleges they've applied to will see, the LA Times reports.

PICK YOUR TEST: Oregon will let students choose the type of graduation exit exam they prefer, trying to get past the one size fits all mentality of many states, the AP reports.

Visit the Gradebook at noon for an interview about summer reading with Barbara Elzie, deputy director of Just Read, Florida!

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:48am]


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