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Nal_tutor110908_45114c DOES IT WORK? Thousands of Florida students receive supplemental tutoring through No Child Left Behind requirements. Soon, the state will grade the tutoring providers to see if they're making a difference. (Times photo, Cherie Diez)

OLD ISSUES, NEW FACES: A new-look Pinellas School Board will tackle some of the same concerns it had before election season kicked into gear

IT'S A WRAP: Hernando teachers and the administration reach contract terms including an average 2.39 percent raise.

MOVING COURSES: About 60 Hudson High students will have to take dual-enrollment classes elsewhere, as the accreditation rules say the school is offering too many such courses.

KEEP IT DOWN: The price of big high school dances, that is. Hillsborough student government leaders collect ideas on how to make the events more low-cost affairs.

GET REAL: Florida CFO Alex Sink says the Republican-dominated Legislature and the GOP governor must tackle the state's sinking finances now and not wait. Gov. Crist is seeking to borrow up to $1.25-billion to avoid cutting education and other key services further, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

NO MORE MILES: Lee board members agree to stop seeking reimbursement for in-county travel, the Naples Daily News reports.

HOPE IT'S WORTH IT: Students press on despite an increase in the cost to get a GED, the Miami Herald reports.

SWEET DEGREE: Who says schools aren't attuned to the local economy's needs? Palm Beach Community College offers the nation's only sugar technology degree program, the Palm Beach Post reports.

BAD CALL: A Duval teacher gets reprimanded after showing her students cell phone photos depicting Barack Obama as a gorilla, the Florida Times-Union reports.

TAKE THE TEST: Brevard reaches a deal with ACT allowing all high school juniors to take the college entrance exam for free, Florida Today reports. (Now just don't wonder what happened if the county's average ACT score drops.)

Visit the Gradebook at noon for an interview with Pasco superintendent Heather Fiorentino.

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


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