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B0s_fayday082008_34739c DID THEY JUMP THE GUN? Tropical Storm Fay hardly brought the Tampa Bay area any rain. But evacuations were ordered, schools closed down. Some parents wonder why. Government officials say they'd rather be safe than sorry. (Photo of 15-year-old Austin Rayburn spending his day off by Dirk Shadd)

BIGGER CLASSES, FEWER OPTIONS: USF leaders try to maintain the value of the school's diplomas even as they lose professors and eliminate some courses.

BUDGET CUTS BRING CHANGES: Hernando revamps bus routes, works to increase the number of students eating cafeteria food and more as it deals with reduced revenue.

TOP OF THE CLASS: Graduate designs new Tarpon Springs elementary school; Spirit of giving helped kids get ready for schools (Wesley Chapel Elementary); Oh, what dreams may come as school starts (Hernando schools)

ACCOUNTABILITY APPROVED: The State Board of Education has given its blessing to the state's participation in a federally sanctioned differentiated accountability program, giving schools more flexibility to deal with No Child Left Behind, the AP reports.

NEXT STOP - THE SUPREMES: Amendments 5, 7 and 9 are all headed to the Florida Supreme Court for a decision on whether they can remain on the November ballot, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.

EXPOSED: About 34,000 Sarasota public school students had their personal information published on the web for nearly two months by the Princeton Review, the Bradenton Herald reports. It's gone now.

IT'S NOT SOCIAL PROMOTION: At least in name it's not. It's called "zero progression," and the idea would allow Collier high school students to move up a grade each year even if they haven't earned all the needed credits. Then they can make up the credits later, the Naples Daily News reports.

Two groups are calling for an end to corporal punishment in school, CNN reports. New York high school students fare worse on AP exams after being offered cash for good scores, the NY Times reports.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:54am]


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