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Nal_truancy120308b_48085c WELCOME TO TRUANCY COURT: It's a place where a judge deals with chronically absent students -- and their often incapable parents. (Times staff photo)

AN F FOR FLORIDA: A national report ranks Florida's higher education system near the bottom in several categories.

DO THE SHUFFLE: Pinellas plans to reassign thousands of elementary students as it closes five schools and redraws attendance boundaries.

CHANGES FOR CHAMBERLAIN: The Tampa high school could see its attendance zone changed to help relieve crowding.

A LITTLE P.E. HELP: Double Branch Elementary fifth-grade teacher Christine Holt often found it tough to come up with P.E. lessons she's now required to offer. So she found a personal trainer to make exercise videos the whole school can use.

MISSED OPPORTUNITY: The Pasco School Board needs to take the lead in setting budget priorities for the district, the Times editorializes.

TOP OF THE CLASS: Powell Middle students find matches when they mix at lunch; Math-e-mania multiplies skills of Challenger K-8 students; Critters are part of the curriculum at Seven Springs Elementary; Hudson Middle School student gets surprising results for Operation Shoebox

HARDER TO GET IN: Florida is among several states erecting barriers to college admission, the Wall Street Journal reports.

HOMESCHOOL HELPER: A Naples-area Christian school will open a "homeschool extension" to give families some guidance and structure as they prepare their children's education, the Naples Daily News reports.

AGENCY REJECTED: A state appellate court has deemed the Florida Schools of Excellence Commission unconstitutional, the AP reports.

SMILE FOR THE CAMERA: The St. Lucie School Board prepares to broadcast its meetings, the Port St. Lucie News reports.

DOES THE P.E. REQUIREMENT WORK? Escambia sees small increases in obesity rates as it sends home health report cards, the Pensacola News-Journal reports. 

AROUND THE NATION: California is at risk of running out of money for student meals, the LA Times reports. The U.S. Supreme Court weighs the penalties associated with Title IX, the NY Times reports.


[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 10:06am]


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