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WALL STREET EDUCATION: Several proposed changes to Florida's education system sound like they come from the corporate world more than the classroom. Lawmakers look to tailor the curriculum to community industry, for instance, and to give tax credits to businesses that provide internships. "It's to make sure students who graduate can move on to good jobs," says Senate Education chairman Don Gaetz.

FOCUS ON THE WORLD: Another set of proposals seeks to make Florida students more globally competitive, pushing such programs as additional foreign language instruction, the Palm Beach Post reports.

THINK FIRST: The Hi-Five program helps elementary students build self-esteem and focus on their education. Some former students, now in college, use of some the skills to this day.

GIVE ME THE MONEY: Lawmakers from northern Florida fought to create a school funding plan that made the price of education per student close to the same statewide. Now some lawmakers from southern Florida, where it costs more to do just about everything, are talking about changing the law back, the Florida Times-Union reports.

GROWING KIPP: The well regarded charter school firm, which started in one Houston location, is now in 17 states and looking to grow more, the Houston Chronicle reports. Hey, they're not in Florida yet.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:15am]


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