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Digging_dirt DIGGING IN: The candidates for Pasco superintendent haven't slung much mud. But that hasn't stopped political operatives from looking for dirt in their backgrounds.

WHY A SEVEN-PERIOD DAY? Pinellas superintendent Julie Janssen writes an op-ed piece on the reasons behind the controversial move in the district's middle schools.

DISCRIMINATION COMPLAINT: An anonymous civil complaint is filed against Collier schools, alleging the district discriminates when assigning students to its high schools, the Naples Daily News reports.

PUBLIC PAYS: Florida taxpayers cover about $5-million in lawsuit settlements by Florida Gulf Coast University, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.

TEACHERS WANT A SHARE: Some Citrus teachers complain because they don't feel they're getting their fair share of recognition funding, Bay News 9 reports.

ONE PRICEY CAMPAIGN: Thousands of dollars pour into the referendum on whether Orange will have an elected School Board chairman, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

ONE YEAR LATER: FAMU officially inaugurates president James Ammons, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.

FILLING THE GAP: Students flood the nursing programs at the University of West Florida and Pensacola Junior College, the Pensacola News-Journal reports.

STRONG REVIEW: A year after replacing ousted superintendent Joseph Wise, new Duval leader Ed Pratt-Dannals gets a positive evaluation, the Florida Times-Union reports.

NEXT COMES HOUSING: Daytona State College, which has been moving toward a four-year program, moves to develop on-campus dorms, too, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.

MCCAIN VS. OBAMA ON EDUCATION: Florida Today compares the candidates' positions (with an assist from sister paper USA Today).

Visit the Gradebook at noon for an interview with Broward School Board member Maureen Dinnen, founder of Floridians for Quality Education.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 10:02am]


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