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Headlice DON'T START SCRATCHING: Back to school means an uptick in head lice, and they're getting harder to kill. (Image from

CLASS ATTACK: A 14-year-old student at J.D. Floyd K-8 in Spring Hill is arrested after assaulting some classmates during lunch break.

WHAT ELSE DO YOU HAVE? A panel reviewing the need for Collier's local tax referendum criticizes the school district for lacking any other ideas to deal with funding shortfalls, the Naples Daily News reports.

THINK FAST: More than 700 Florida schools compete in Math Mania, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.

GETTING RURAL STUDENTS TO COLLEGE: A joint effort by FSU, Gulf Coast Community College, several schools and the St. Joe Community Foundation is helping get more Panhandle students into college, Rick Dalton of College for Every Student and John Mills of Paul Smiths College write in an op-ed for the Tallahassee Democrat.

SAT'S MATTER: Florida soon will include high school students' SAT scores in the mix when grading their schools, the Lakeland Ledger reports.

MORE FREE MEALS: The level of Broward students receiving free and reduced-price lunches is on the rise, the Miami Herald reports.

TOUGHER STANDARDS: Manatee Community College increases passing scores for its nursing students after seeing many of them fail their licensure exams, the Bradenton Herald reports.

Some Brevard parents get upset when told their young children - and not school personnel - will be responsible for carrying the allergy antidote around school, Florida Today reports.

Visit the Gradebook at noon today for an interview with Imagine Schools founders Dennis and Eileen Bakke.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:58am]


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