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John_long_logo_2 JUST KIDDING: Beth Brown, principal of Pasco's John Long Middle, told her students and faculty that the school no longer could be the Longhorns. It was just a ploy to get everyone interested in an upcoming play. But they didn't know that.

SPEAKING OF SCHOOL LOGOS: Dimissing the likelihood of a diminutive mascot, Hillsborough names its newest high school Strawberry Crest.

EVOLUTION DEBATE: A glitch in timing could force the state to reconsider its recently adopted - and highly divisive - science standards.

GOING K-8: St. Lucie embraces the K-8 model for both academic and financial reasons, the Port St. Lucie Tribune reports.

MORE CHOICES: Two Lee high schools offer students a larger number of majors to pick among than the others, raising questions of fairness, the Naples Daily News reports.

CHARTERS GROW POPULAR: The number of charter schools in Hillsborough keeps increasing as families seek a private school atmosphere without the tuition, the Tampa Bay Business Journal reports.

NEW SCHOOLS? NOPE: Broward learns it might never build several planned new schools, as the state projects it will have about 35,000 more seats than students in the coming years, the Miami Herald reports. More from the Sun-Sentinel.

ALL IS WELL: Orange superintendent Ron Blocker says the district is doing just fine, never mind the financial problems and budget cuts, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

ROOM TO GROW: The University of West Florida wants to add more dorms as it works to increase enrollment, the Pensacola News-Journal reports.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 10:03am]


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