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TAKE THIS CUP AND ... You know the rest. Lawmakers have approved random steroid testing for high school student-athletes. About 1 percent of wrestlers, football players and baseball players would be tested in the one-year pilot program.

DON'T HELP: A Pasco County special ed teacher faces dismissal for giving answers to students on the FCAT exam.

THEY'RE NOT GRADS, BUT THEY CAN WALK: Pasco County high school seniors who haven't passed the FCAT, but who have completed all the rest of their graduation requirements, will get to participate in commencement this month. The district had been one of the last in Florida to bar kids from walking without all the requirements met.

WHISTLEBLOWER DENIED: A judge rules that a woman who alleged that FAMU mishandled funds did not prove that university leaders retaliated against her.

FROM THE OP-ED PAGES: Palm Harbor University High needs a morale makeover, the editorial board says.

MUCH MORE THAN WOOD SHOP: How important is career and technical education? So much so that Sarasota County has a $161-million plan to expand the program, and Manatee County is building a $61-million technical institute, the Herald-Tribune reports.

NO VALS, NO SALS, NO WAY: Critics blast the Palm Beach County proposal to do away with the top high school honors, the Sun-Sentinel reports.

TUITION HIKE LOOMS: Lawmakers agree to let three top Florida universities charge more. Gov. Crist isn't likely to sign the bill, though, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.

THE MAGIC OF HARRY POTTER: That would be instilling a love of reading in kids. A national study shows that students who have read the series, many of whom never read for pleasure before, are doing better in school, too, the Christian Science Monitor reports.

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


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