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CARING FOR COWS: St. Petersburg College is looking at a partnership with the University of Florida to create the state's second veterinary school.

HEADING DOWN THE HOMESTRETCH: And the Legislature still has much work to do. One key unresolved issue is whether to increase tuition for the state's universities. Lawmakers say yes, the governor says no.

FROM THE OP-ED PAGE: Florida's promise for high-quality universal prekindergarten is a promise unkept, the editorial board says. Maybe Gov. Charlie Crist can cash in on all the talk about improvement.

A DIFFICULT DEMAND: Florida, like all other states, is trying to fill its classrooms with highly qualified teachers - those who know their content area and have the right preparation, too. It's not proving easy, as nearly half of the state's new teachers don't have a degree in education, the Palm Beach Post reports.

A 'MORAL IMPERATIVE': A suburban New York school district pays extra attention to black boys to ease the achievement gap, offering special mentoring with black teachers, extra homework and cultural activities. Black girls were doing well enough and didn't need the attention, the New York Times reports.

HATE DETENTION? A Milwaukee-area school district lets kids work off their misdeeds cleaning the cafeteria, weeding the garden and performing other "soft labor" instead on Amnesty Day, the Journal-Sentinel reports.

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


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