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HIGH HOPES: Florida A&M stalwarts look to James Ammons to lead their school out of scandal and back to success. He's got a promising track record at North Carolina Central University. Already, Ammons has begun his work, meeting with Florida lawmakers despite not officially taking the reins until July. To read an exclusive interview with Ammons, click here.

WAYNE'S WORLD: Wayne Alexander is Hernando County's new schools superintendent. Coming from Connecticut, he offers his views about education, leadership and the Boston Red Sox.

DON'T SAY 'FAT': Parents, politicians and educators want overweight kids to lose the pounds. One way is to make it fun, rather than punishing. Another is to banish the oppressive words like 'fat' and 'diet.'

THE FIRST TO GO: The saying goes that all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. So you've got to wonder what it means when schools eliminate recess so kids can prepare for FCAT. That's what is happening in Lee County, the Naples Daily News reports, and parents are not too happy.

FROM THE OP-ED PAGES: The Palm Beach Post argues that the House bill pushing "world class"  standards does anything but.

A BIG GAP: Black males in Bay County aren't meeting expectations in school. In third grade, for instance, just one black boy was reading at grade level on the FCAT. County officials are now trying to tackle the problem, the Panama City News Herald reports.

MARKETING 'HONORS': The teens are seeking an edge to get into college. The companies? Well, they're selling something that purports to carry significance. Some of them are just scams, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

THEY CALL IT CHEESE: It's really a mix of black tar heroin and crushed Tylenol PM. It sells for as little as $2 a hit. And the drug is becoming a big problem for Dallas public schools, the Dallas Morning News reports.

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


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