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LET'S MAKE A DEAL: Wayne Alexander gets a two-year contract worth about $153,000 annually to take over as Hernando County's new schools superintendent.

AP AUDIT: The explosion of Advanced Placement courses in Florida and across the country has college admission officers questioning whether the classes are all as rigorous as they are supposed to be. The College Board responds by conducting its first ever audit of AP classes.

SUING OVER MOONING: The family of the Pinellas County boy who got suspended and transferred for mooning a teacher has sued the school district. To read the full story, click here. To participate in the lively reader conversation about this, click here.

FAMU UPDATE: Summer school enrollment is on track despite all the hubbub, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.

FOCUS ON VOCATIONS: Call it career and technical education, call it multiple pathways, call it what you will, vocational classes are all the rage these days. And they're academically challenging, not like in the past. The debate is on over whether it's the right way to go, the LA Times reports.

MEET THE SUBSTITUTE: Arnold Blume is 81, and, after 29 years as a teacher, he has retired to a life of substitute teaching in New York. Check out this nice NY Times profile.

PITCHING FOR PROSPECTS: A growing D.C. suburb school district hones its marketing effort to attract teachers as it competes with surrounding districts in the shrinking pool of candidates, the Washington Post reports.

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


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