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Pasteach083108b_36148c TEACHER TRANSFER: Most teachers choose to go from low-performing schools to high-performing ones. But not Lourdes Plunkett, who left a school that's never made less than an A to teach at Pasco's Cox Elementary, which is under restructuring under NCLB. (Times photo, Mike Pease)

BUSING BATTLES: Hillsborough parents remain upset about the school district's transportation new world order.

GETTING FIT: Miami-Dade creates high-tech wellness centers to help students keep fit and healthy. The U.S. surgeon general approves, the Miami Herald reports.

A LITTLE HELP, PLEASE: The Martin School Board agrees to televise its meetings, but not until it gets enough private donations to cover the cost, the Stuart News reports. Too bad they don't know the head of the largest Spanish broadcaster in the world, who donated $1-million to Miami-Dade College to kick of the school's new Centre for Television and Film Production, as the Miami Herald reports.

HANDS OFF: Corporal punishment has no place in Florida schools, Collier school psychologist Phyllis Walters writes in the Naples Daily News.

NEW MATH: Florida looks at ways to change the way it calculates its high school graduation rate, including the emphasis on GED completers, the Palm Beach Post reports.

NO MORE TESTING: Drug testing, that is. The state is dropping its random drug testing for student-athletes, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.

EAT BETTER: Lake hires a new food services director, who plans to dump the fryers and introduce healthier foods, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

America needs innovators to improve our public education system, Newark Mayor Cory Booker, venture capitalist John Doerr and California Board of Education president Ted Mitchell write in the LA Times. Free public schooling doesn't feel so free anymore to families in one D.C. suburb, the Washington Post reports.

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


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