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Nal_laracuente08310_36011c HOMELESS NO MORE: Roger Laracuente entered the Pinellas adult education program in 2007, homeless and jobless. This past week he celebrated his successful completion of his GED. (Times photo, Lara Cerri)

WHAT'S IN A NAME: As the Pasco School Board prepares to name a new high school, two groups seek to honor educators who made a difference in their lives.

Fourth-grader Kiki Pressley makes it to her first day of school at Sandy Lane Elementary, six months after she was severely burned in a house fire.

AMENDMENT CONCERNS: School Board members from across Florida convene in Indian River to talk about the ins and outs of Amendments 5, 7 and 9, the Vero Beach Press-Journal reports.

HOW MUCH IS TOO MUCH: The Florida State Board of Education will consider a policy to allow educators to use physical force to keep their classrooms safe and orderly, but some parents worry it might open the door to physical abuse of children, the Palm Beach Post reports.

TOO EXPENSIVE: Families are leaving Florida's private schools as they can no longer afford the tuition, the Sun-Sentinel reports.

A RARE RAISE: Palm Beach teachers snare a 2 percent pay bump, the Palm Beach Post reports.

TEACH, DON'T PREACH: Schools are supposed to educate, not indoctrinate, Pensacola News-Journal columnist Reginald Dogan writes in support of an ACLU lawsuit against the Santa Rosa school district.

Visit the Gradebook at noon for an interview with Pinellas adult education graduate Janelle Read.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:55am]


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