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PINELLAS SCHOOLS GOING GREEN: It's not something you can see, but the district is making its new construction environmentally friendly.

CHEATING SCANDAL: More than half the nursing students at St. Petersburg College scored above 90 percent on one of the final exams they take before graduating. At first, officials were elated with the results. Now they doubt them, and are taking a closer look.

Colleges and universities report a growing number of students with mental problems. They need to be careful with how they treat them, even if they think the students pose a threat. Here's a Seattle Times story on the same subject.

FROM THE OP-ED PAGES: Thirteen half-days are way too many for Hernando County schools, unnecessarily burdening families, the editorial board says. Over in Pasco, the board longs for a return to the days when the student part of student-athlete came first.

DROPPING OUT: It's not just a high school problem. Community colleges also must come to grips with their low graduation rates, the Miami Herald reports.

MORE THAN JUST THE FACTS, MA'AM: History is not just a jumble of names, dates and places. It's a way of looking at how people and social trends and fit together to make the world as it is. So a group of history scholars say, and they're raising concerns about a 2006 Florida law that doesn't leave room for interpretation in the state's classrooms, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

AS IF IT DIDN'T HAVE ENOUGH TO WORRY ABOUT: FAMU interim president Castell Bryant warned trustees that the school has two more payroll problems, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.

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


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