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B4s_smartkids012509_54030c BRIGHT AND BORED: Some of Florida's smartest students say school doesn't challenge them, a concern that resonates as No Child Left Behind critics argue that education reform has focused on low performers to the detriment of the gifted. (Times photo, Edmund Fountain)

IN THE LURCH: Whether Hernando superintendent Wayne Alexander stays in Hernando depends on a family judge in Connecticut. Speaking of Alexander, the Times editorially wonders whether he has any other secrets he's keeping from the board.

20 YEARS AND GOING STRONG: Pinellas celebrates the 20th anniversary of its Gus Stavros Institute.

MAKING THEIR VOICES HEARD: Parents around Florida look for ways to get lawmakers to understand they want adequate funding for public education, the Miami Herald reports.

KEEPING SCHOOLS OPEN: Martin and Indian River officials say they won't close schools to save money, while St. Lucie leaders say it's an idea of last resort, the Stuart News reports.

JOB SHARING: Duval sees an increase in the number of teachers who split a position so they can have more flexible schedules but still teach, the Florida Times-Union reports.

ANOTHER LOOK: Manatee school advisory councils revise their budgets as lawmakers cut school improvement funds, the Bradenton Herald reports.

ALL UNANIMOUS, ALL THE TIME: The Northwest Florida Daily News finds few if any dissenting voices on the boards of trustees at its region's colleges and universities.

LAYOFFS LIKELY: The dean of UF's biggest college warns that faculty members could lose their jobs as the budget continues to shrink, the Gainesville Sun reports.

CUTTING PRE-K: Lake looks to its early education program to save some money, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 10:12am]


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