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B4s_wilbanks062708_28721d HER STUDENTS PERFORM WELL, BUT ... Sandra Wilbanks, a Pasco-Hernando Community College nursing instructor for 18 years, is arrested on charges of fraud and forgery because she's not really a nurse.

Florida A&M University, embattled over finances and governance for years, is removed from probation by its accrediting agency.

WEAR WHITE SO EVIL WON'T GET YOU: The latest candidate for Pinellas superintendent doesn't mention it on her resume, but she was fired from NYC schools over a Santeria ceremony she performed to ward off evil at her school.

PARENTS PLEAD FOR AFTER-SCHOOL PROGRAM: Several Westchase parents urge the Hillsborough parks department not to cut the program that serves thousands of children after school ends each day. Only problem is, it's a free system in a bad economy. More hearings are planned.

PAY UP: The Holmes school district must pay the ACLU $325,000 in legal fees after losing its battle to prevent a student from wearing a t-shirt in support of gay rights, the Panama City News Herald reports.

GO AWAY: The Lake School Board offers elected superintendent Anna Cowin a buyout to leave early, so appointed superintendent Susan Moxley can get to work, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

IMPROVEMENT ZONE DOESN'T WORK: An analysis of Miami-Dade's four-year-old School Improvement Zone, designed to assist low-performing schools, generates few notable achievements in student performance, the Miami Herald reports.

UNIVERSAL PRE-K WORKS: A new study of Oklahoma's prekindergarten program shows that kids in the program, regardless of background, perform better in kindergarten than those who didn't participate, USA Today reports.

BUDGET ROUNDUP: Orange School Board members say they understand parent concerns about altering school starting times, but they need to save the money, the Orlando Sentinel reports. Hundreds of teachers, many recently laid off, look for jobs at the Great Florida Teach-In, where the opportunities are notably limited, the Herald-Tribune reports. Leon officials worry they won't have as many National Board-certified teachers now that the state has limited the financial reward, the Tallahassee Democrat reports. Students and teachers might have to help clean schools in Brevard as the district cuts back custodial services, Florida Today reports.

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


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