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LOAN PROBLEMS IN FLORIDA: The college loan scandal that's being investigated across the country has touched FSU, Florida A&M and Stetson Law. Chancellor Mark Rosenberg says the university system will take a closer look at how it deals with lenders.

PROM - MORE THAN JUST A DATE: Why stress over who you're taking to the annual dance? Kids these days like to go in big groups. And they have a lot of fun.

IT'S FREE. REALLY: It's not swampland, either. Three developers offer the Hernando County school district about 75 acres in eastern Hernando for new school construction. They're not even asking for impact fee credits. Just one thing: No high schools, please. School Board members are warming to the idea.

MAINSTREAMING WORKS: A Duval County elementary school finds achievement rises for students with  disabilities who have been included in a "regular" classroom and pushed to succeed at the same levels as everyone else. Now the district is aggressively expanding the experiment to every school, the Florida Times-Union reports.

GRAMMAR MATTERS: Digging into the FCAT Writing results, some teachers discover low scores on the multiple choice section were due to poor grammar, the Sun-Sentinel reports. That's not likely to turn teachers into punctuation police, though - grammar in isolation doesn't work, they say.

LANGUAGE MATTERS, TOO: More and more students across the country are seeking to learn the language of their family and forebears. It's about cultural pride, the New York Times reports. Others, meanwhile, want to pick up languages they believe matter in today's world, like Arabic. That's about getting a job, the Boston Globe reports.

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

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