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B4s_playground12070_48713c PLAYING AROUND: A group of Pinellas kids helps the city of St. Petersburg create a new playground in Childs Park, the philosophy being that unstructured play helps children learn to think. (Times photo, Kainaz Amaria)

BAIL US OUT, TOO: Demonstrating the hat-in-hand method isn't just for the auto and banking industries, the Broward School Board plans to adopt a resolution asking the federal government for a financial bailout, the Sun-Sentinel reports.

KEEP COLLEGE ACCESSIBLE: Florida leaders could find a way to keep the state's universities affordable, perhaps by reinstating the intangibles tax, Florida Today editorializes.

DO NOT PASS GO: A Gainesville mom ends up in jail for her daughter's excessive absences, the Gainesville Sun reports.

FCAT CHANGES GET MIXED REVIEW: Jacksonville-area educators say most of the cuts to the state accountability program matter little, and that saving the money is the most important thing, the Florida Times-Union reports. More from the Northwest Florida Daily News.

EVEN STRONG SCHOOLS CAN FAIL: No Child Left Behind frustrates Florida educators who see their students making gains, but not at the rate that the federal law requires, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

READING TOGETHER: Orange's education foundation puts together a tutoring program where adults help second-graders just by reading for fun, Orlando Sentinel columnist Mike Thomas writes.

YOU HAVE TO AGREE TO BE THERE: Manatee looks into opening its first full-choice, IB middle school, the Bradenton Herald reports.

DROWNING IN DEBT: A Brevard charter school might not even survive the rest of this year, Florida Today reports.

NEW INCOME STREAM: FAU leases out its unused airwaves, and plans to use the revenue to boost programs for struggling students, the Sun-Sentinel reports.

AND THE NEXT ED SECRETARY WILL BE ...: President-elect Obama faces dueling interest groups who have different ideas about what type of person should lead the federal Education department, the AP reports.


[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 10:07am]


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