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FORGET EQUAL ACCESS: A group of black Pinellas County residents argues that black children deserve special treatment as a group if the district truly intends to eliminate the achievement gap. School district officials contend that a color-blind approach is better. A lawsuit exploring the issue is set for trial July 9.

DO YOU KNOW MAX THOMPSON? Pasco County teachers do. They're training in his teaching methods, which the school district has adopted for everyone to use, at a cost of $4.5-million. Some love the system. Some are so upset they've filed a grievance against its implementation.

DISAPPOINTED AND ANGRY: Students of the Richard Milburn Academy and their parents decry the loss of their charter high school, which closes in June. It had been their only alternative to the mainstream Pasco County school system.

NOT QUITE A DEGREE: The University of Florida finds a way to honor former governor Jeb Bush, after all. The school makes him an honorary alum, even though he couldn't find a way to earn his honorary degree.

TEACHER TALK: Often isolated in their classrooms, teachers increasingly turn to blogs, listservs and other forms of electronic communication to keep up with their peers and their profession, the Miami Herald reports.

CHARTER SCHOOL PAINS: The publicly funded, privately run schools serve a smaller proportion of poor, minority and disabled students now than when the movement began a decade ago, the Orlando Sentinel reports. That despite the state's recent brag that charters help close the achievement gap because of their diversity.

A GOOD TEACHER IS HARD TO FIND: So Duval County is joining a growing list of districts looking overseas to fill the ranks, the Florida Times-Union reports.

A TEST YOU CAN'T STUDY FOR: A growing number of school districts adopt random drug testing for students who want to participate in extracurriculars. The New York Times looks at the pros and cons, noting several studies question whether the policy actually works.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:15am]


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