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Ntp_farkas071108_a_30124d NEW ATTITUDE: Freedom High in New Tampa has had a negative image for the past few years. New principal Chris Farkas aims to turn that all around. (Times photo, Melissa Lyttle)

TEACHER OF THE YEAR: Nassau County's Jean Lamar, a remedial reading teacher, wins the nod as Florida's top educator, the AP reports.

GETTING THE F HELPED: A new report indicates that Florida's failing schools did better on their science FCAT results than if they had not received the F, the Palm Beach Post reports.

MEASURABLE GOALS: The St. Lucie School Board sets some targets for the superintendent to attain if he wants that raise, the Port St. Lucie Tribune reports.

TRYING TO SETTLE: Officials at Florida Gulf Coast University want to make a discrimination lawsuit go away, the Naples Daily News reports.

TOO MUCH INFORMATION: A study by the University of Florida suggests that medical students put too much inappropriate personal info on their online networking sites, and that could haunt them in the future, the Palm Beach Post reports.

RAIDING THE RAINY DAY FUND: Miami-Dade dips into its reserves for $31.5-million so it can close the books on 2007-08, the Miami Herald reports. It's the second straight year the district has overspent its budget.

TOUGH TO FIND A SUPERINTENDENT: The pool of qualified candidates to run Florida's school systems is shrinking as Manatee prepares to launch its search, the Herald-Tribune reports.

WHEN KIDS DON'T CARE: D-rated Sandalwood High in Duval offered free summer tutoring to help students improve their academics. Just three showed up, the Florida Times-Union reports.

AROUND THE NATION: A group of California parents is fighting to get its children's AP scores reinstated after accusations of cheating on the test fly, the LA Times reports. Driving to school is getting too expensive, so many college students are turning to online classes, the NY Times reports.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:49am]


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