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WORRIED ABOUT JOB SECURITY: Word on the street is that dozens of Hillsborough County high school teachers could lose their jobs in the fall. District officials are doing little to quell the rumor.

IS THAT COLLEGE REALLY GOOD? US Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings suggests that we can't really know without data to back up the reputation. If that sounds like the outcomes-based accountability - you know, testing - of NCLB, well, it is, and James Madison Institute adjunct scholar Liam Julian calls the idea ill-advised in an op-ed piece.

SPEAKING OF NCLB: Many states don't like it. They say it interferes with local control of schools. So the effort to renew the law is proving contentious, the New York Times reports.

WHO WANTS TO BE COMMISSIONER? Rep. Joe Pickens of Palatka and Sen. Evelyn Lynn of Ormond Beach, for two, the Florida Times-Union reports. (But to be clear, the state Board of Education picks, and not the governor, though Gov. Crist surely will be consulted.)

KEEP ME IN, GUYS: While the Broward School Board grows divided over who should lead Florida's second largest district, interim superintendent Jim Notter has done the job. And now he wants to keep it, the Sun-Sentinel reports.

Here's the Orlando Sentinel story on the federal order we told you about yesterday that allows the Gay-Straight Alliance to meet at Okeechobee High.

FAMU UPDATE: Area ministers are coming to the embattled university's defense, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.

FALLOUT OVER LOAN SCANDAL: A top US Education official who oversaw the student loan business while owning stock in a loan company is put on leave pending a growing investigation, the Washington Post reports.

STUDENTS GET A GLUE DAY: No one could open the doors at Carlsbad High in San Diego. The locks were plugged with glue, the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.

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


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