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Education news and notes from Tampa Bay and Florida

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RUN. THE GOVERNOR SAID SO: Lawmakers approve Gov. Crist's pet proposal of requiring all elementary kids to have 30 minutes of daily physical activity at school. Some educators wonder where the time will come from in an already packed day.

LOAN SCANDAL STRETCHES INTO FLORIDA: Accusations are flying about student loan officers that steered business toward specific companies regardless of the students' best interest. Now, the subpoenas and letters are making their way to the Sunshine State, possibly including USF and the University of Tampa.

I WANT MY TV: A Tampa teacher uses TV Turn-off week to get in a persuasive writing lesson. The topic: the pros and cons of watching television. Most keep the box dark, but some admit to using the TIVO for American Idol.

HOW ABOUT THE BIG SCREEN? Kids at Progress Village Middle, a Tampa area magnet school for the arts, get jazzed up about the premiere of their film Unexcused Absence. It took two years to make, and now it's showing at Muvico in Ybor City.

'MR. G.' ACCUSED OF CHILD ABUSE: Manuel Goncalves, the charter school leader whom parents and kids affectionately call Mr. G, is accused of beating a teen relative with a belt. He's on leave from the Pasco County school while the cops investigate.

ANTI-BULLYING BILL GETS ANOTHER CHANCE: A key senator had bottled the bill in his committee. But flooded with letters and calls, he relents, allowing the proposal to require school districts to create policies against bullying and harassment move ahead, the Cape Coral News-Press reports.

GRADUATION HOLIDAY: The Palm Beach school district gets permission to close six of its high schools for a day so it can run its senior graduation ceremonies, the Sun-Sentinel reports. They had to schedule the events when non-seniors would still be in class because of venue difficulties, it seems, and teachers found they had a conflict.

VOUCHER BILL WEAKENED: Senators agree to expand the state's voucher program to include children from failing schools, a lesser attempt than their original effort to vastly expand the initiative, the Palm Beach Post reports.

ARABIC SCHOOL WOES: It was supposed to be an embrace of New York's growing Arabic community. But the proposed public school focusing on Arabic studies is testing New Yorkers' tolerance, the NY Times reports.

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


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