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WORLD-CLASS STANDARDS: That's the new catch phrase for the effort to replace the Sunshine State Standards. And the House Schools and Learning Council is doing its part, moving the legislation to the floor with a unanimous vote despite some misgivings. Here's the Miami Herald version.

As prom approaches, Pinellas school officials take steps to deal with kids who drink too much alcohol.

HERNANDO TEAM WINS: A 7-member team from Hernando High takes the state African-American Brain Bowl, sponsored by the Florida Education Fund. Now they have their eyes on the prize for next year's competition.

PERFORMANCE PAY UPDATE: Seminole County appears to be the first to dump its approved STAR plan, reacting to the new state law allowing them to do it, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

VOUCHER REPORT: A bill moves ahead to expand Florida's McKay Scholarship program, the Bradenton Herald reports. The effort to kill Utah's new universal voucher program, meanwhile, heats up,  KSL-TV  reports.

BIASED BOOKS? A Palm Beach County teacher finds that most people pictured in the county-approved algebra book are white. She's taking her concern national, presenting her findings to the American Education Research Association, the Palm Beach Post reports.

LOOK BOTH WAYS: So many kids get hit crossing the road that the Newark, N.J., school district begins teaching children how to do it properly, based on a program developed at the University of Miami, the New York Times reports.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:16am]


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