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DREAM BIG: Teens from Hernando, Pasco and Polk counties who want to go to college whatever it takes attend a camp at St. Leo University to learn how to make it happen. (Times photo, Lance Aram Rothstein)

REMAKING THE MIDDLE: Pinellas seeks to reform its middle schools and the way teachers teach there - partly for academic reasons, and partly for monetary ones. The plan is proving controversial with some teachers.

HE'S BEEN THERE, DONE THAT: Mike Asbell, the new principal at Bayonet Point Middle, has had the life experiences he says make him a perfect fit to lead the school.

SUMMER SCHOOL WOES: Florida school districts slowly are eliminating what remains of summertime classes as the funding dries up, the Stuart News reports.

BLAMING PATRICIA LEVESQUE: Want a scapegoat for the battle that's ensuing over vouchers in Florida schools? The Palm Beach Post points its finger at Ms. Levesque, who runs Jeb Bush's education foundation.

GET THEM WHILE THEY'RE YOUNG: It's easier to fire an unsuccessful teacher while he or she is still on an annual contract, and that's what the Palm Beach district is doing, the Palm Beach Post reports.

I'M HOME: After finishing college, graduates who are having trouble finding a steady income are heading back to their parents' house, the Naples Daily News reports.

UF LOOKS AT 'BLOCK TUITION': President Bernie Machen floats the idea of a flat rate for a semester's tuition, regardless of how many credits students take, the Gainesville Sun reports.

DO EIGHTH-GRADERS NEED GRADUATIONS? In some places, they get ceremonies, parties and more. But is it necessary to recognize an achievement that kids are expected to attain? The NY Times explores the issue.

MAKE IT TASTY: The LA school system hires a top chef who's creating a signature series of cafeteria meals that are healthy, inexpensive and also appetizing, the LA Times reports. Hope he writes a cookbook for the rest of us.

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


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