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Paspe092208b_38989c A SIMPLE SOLUTION: Moon Lake Elementary in Pasco finds an easy way to meet the state's latest P.E. requirements, one that teachers and students alike enjoy. And that's a big deal, as experts say exercise is just as important as classroom instruction, the Sun-Sentinel reports. (Times photo, Janel Schroeder-Norton)

CUTS STILL COMING: Vern Crawford, one of Florida's main education lobbyists, warns Collier officials that yet another round of spending cuts could come in the spring, the Naples Daily News reports.

STICKER SHOCK: Even you can remember the $100 college textbook. Now, Florida is looking for ways to curb the costs of students' required reading, the Sun-Sentinel reports.

DETRACTING FROM DIVERSITY: Budget reductions force many Florida school districts to scale back their recruitment, which could hurt efforts to have a diverse teaching pool, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

STILL SHRINKING: Broward, the nation's sixth-largest school system, has seen enrollment decline by about 17,000 students since 2004, the Miami Herald reports.

LET THEM HELP: A group of Venice High juniors becomes peer mediators to help schoolmates work their way through disputes, the Herald-Tribune reports.

MAXIMIZING RESOURCES: UWF president Judy Bense seeks to create a coalition of Panhandle colleges and universities, the Northwest Florida Daily News reports.

WHAT HAPPENED? Sanders-Clyde Elementary in Charleston, S.C., aced the state exams despite being one of the city's poorest schools. The principal left, and now questions of cheating are in the air, the AP reports. P.S. 363 in NYC sees its grade drop from a B to a D, confusing parents who thought the school was doing well, the NY Times reports.

REFOCUS: A national panel recommends that colleges pay less attention to SAT and ACT scores, and more attention to high school performance, when considering which students to admit, the NY Times reports.


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