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ART MATTERS: The Wimauma Academy does all it can to ensure its students, mostly the children of migrant farm workers, get exposed to things like classical music. And the kids love it.

NOT YOUR ORDINARY TEENS: These Hernando County high school students call themselves the Free Radicals. They like to think deep thoughts, and they want to make a difference.

THAT'S JUST MEAN: Reacting to a parent's complaint, the principal of East Lake High in Pinellas County bans the joke superlatives "worst hair" and "most likely to drop out of college." The students say: Chill.

EASING THE TRANSITION: Pasco County changes its summer school programs to help struggling fifth- and eighth-graders make it to the next level.

MAKE THEM HAVE DEGREES: Gov. Charlie Crist tells a group of pre-k advocates he will lobby lawmakers to require pre-k teachers to have four-year degrees, the Associated Press reports.

THAT SCHOOL IS GREEN: Sure, it cost more to build. But Palm Beach County officials figure they'll make the money back in five years with savings on energy and water, the Palm Beach Post reports. Plus, you get preferred parking for your hybrid.

LEARN A LANGUAGE WITHOUT TALKING: American Sign Language is a popular course in Broward County high schools, the Sun-Sentinel reports. To improve, the students help out in middle school programs for the deaf and hard of hearing.

FAMU UPDATE: University leaders say they'll ask Florida lawmakers not to hand over control of their engineering school to Florida State. Student leaders, meanwhile, do it, walking the Capitol to plead their case. Not everyone is convinced, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.

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


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