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Pacclicker091208a_37727c CLICKING IN: Testing could soon go high-tech in Pasco, with students able to use remote control responders to answer questions and teachers able to see the results in an instant. (Times photo, Keri Wiginton)

The Pinellas School Board's top pick for superintendent comes under increased scrutiny as personal attacks on him rise. Alberto Carvalho must decide by today whether to stay in Miami-Dade or to stick with Pinellas. The Times editorializes that it can't figure out why he'd want to come here. He has withdrawn from the Manatee superintendent search, though, the Bradenton Herald reports. More here from the Miami Herald.

HIRE STILL IN QUESTION: St. Petersburg College leaders have defended their choice for director of international studies, but the decision still raises concerns about preferential treatment.

MORE COMPLAINING: Another town hall meeting in Hillsborough provides parents another opportunity to gripe about their busing problems.

VOUCHER VOICES: The two new faces of Florida's largest school voucher promoter are a former teacher union chief and a former Times editorialist who frequently criticized the program

 LAYOFFS POSSIBLE: Collier school employees get word that about 80 workers could lose their jobs in October, depending on whether the School Board privatizes custodial work, the Naples Daily News reports.

FAY'S PRICE TAG: The tropical storm caused more than $5-million damage to St. Lucie's district HQ, the Port St. Lucie Tribune reports.

LEARNING TO FLY: A Polk high school adds an avionics program to its curriculum, Bay News Nine reports.

LEARNING TWO LANGUAGES: Duval launches a dual-language program, hoping to have children fluent in English and Spanish by the end of fifth grade, the Florida Times-Union reports.

AROUND THE NATION: Homework expert Harris Cooper discusses, well, homework on NPR. The superintendent of Dallas, Texas, schools says the district is in "crisis mode" as it moves to deal with overspending to the tune of $64-million, the Dallas Morning News reports. A new California study shows that dropouts who return to complete their GED still don't face as good prospects as students who graduate high school and go to college, the LA Times reports.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:56am]


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