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THINGS THAT MAKE YOU GO HMMM: A casual encounter between two Largo teachers escalates into a heated spat that ends up going to the state and back before landing on the superintendent's desk. Superintendent Clayton Wilcox is not amused.

EVALUATING MAP: Citrus County schools came up with a workable teacher performance pay plan under STAR months ago. As leaders consider the plan that will replace STAR, they're not sure whether they will participate. Brevard schools wonder whether the new plan will really make a difference for the best teachers, Florida Today reports.

BIGGER DIGS: The popular Curtis Fundamental School in Dunedin is moving, a change that will allow the school to open 80 new seats.

The Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind allowed convicted felons to do construction work on the residential campus, the Associated Press reports. The school's president said the kids were OK.

TRACKING ALTERNATIVES: If there's a loophole in Florida's A-Plus plan, it's alternative schools, where kids go but accountability doesn't follow. The Palm Beach Post reports that some lawmakers are looking at ways to better track the progress that students make at these campuses.

IS IT REALLY AP? The College Board is requiring teachers to prove by June 1 that the courses they offer meet Advanced Placement standards, the Washington Post reports.

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


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