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Education news and notes from Tampa Bay and Florida

Today's news

STILL THE SAME: The racial mix at Pinellas County schools will be virtually unchanged next year, despite the School Board's decision to stop assigning kids based on race. Most students decided to stay in the schools where they are.

THEY'LL MAKE IT WORK: The state's new mandate that every elementary kid have 30 minutes of daily physical activity in school will force districts to figure out how to fit the mat time alongside the math time. But educators say the rules are flexible enough that they should be able to do it.

UF GRAD FINALLY GOES TO CAMPUS: James Moyer, who took all his classes on-line from about 260 miles away, wants to collect his diploma in person. Virtual education is growing in higher education, just like in high school - UF's online enrollment has tripled since 2002.

SINE DIE: Lawmakers ended the 2007 regular session Friday. What did they do to you? Approved tuition hikes for three universities and fixed a teacher performance pay plan (Times), OK'd random steroid testing for student athletes (Palm Beach Post), killed bills on year-round education and anti-bullying policies (Times-Union), and set forth a budget that relies heavily on local property taxes (Miami Herald).

Note: Later today, look for a weekend interview with Roy Romer, former Colorado governor and LA schools superintendent. He discusses a new $60-million national campaign to get the presidential candidates talking about education.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:17am]


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