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MISSING - ONE GOLF CART: And five lawn mowers, ten sousaphones and a salad bar. Auditors have a long list of property that FAMU can't find, and it totals about $2.7-million. Some suggest that the inability to locate these items points to a larger accountability problem at the university.

NO SODA, BUT STILL NO NUTRITION: When Robinson High in Tampa banned sugary carbonated drinks from campus vending machines, students turned to sugary non-carbonated drinks with even more calories instead.

FROM THE OP-ED PAGES: Pasco County has required seniors to pass the FCAT if they want to walk at graduation since 1998, and there's no good reason to change the policy now, the editorial board says. Some letter writers agree.

CHARACTER COUNTS: Few debate the importance of honesty and ethical behavior. But can kids get that moral compass from school classes? The Broward school district is investing $1.4-million to study whether character education actually works, the Sun-Sentinel reports. Look for results in about three years.

FCAT INFLUENCE: Schools try their best to meet the test's standards, shifting their focus and spending lots of time and energy on little else. Then the results show that their efforts netted no gain. It's got teachers wondering how much the standards should drive the curriculum, the Herald-Tribune reports.

FINALLY, A LITTLE GOOD NEWS FOR FAMU: The College of Education wins accreditation, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.

IF IT WERE ANY OTHER SCHOOL ... It would be closed down. But English High in Boston is the nation's first public high school, and so the state is working to resolve its problems instead, the Associated Press reports.

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


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