FROM TROOPS TO TEACHERS: When Marvin Wethington was thinking about days after the Army, he wasn't sure what his skills as a drill sergeant might get him. With the help of the federal Troops to Teachers program, he discovered the path into the world of education. The program, with 974 clients working in Florida, is about to place its 10,000th teacher.
SCHOOLS GET A SMOKE DAY: Pasco children spent the day inside - no outdoor recess, P.E. or even regional championship baseball - to avoid a thick blanket of smoke coming from more than 25,000 acres of fires to the north.
FROM THE OP-ED PAGES: Requiring kids to exercise in elementary school is a smart move, even if it's an unfunded mandate, the editorial board says. And, guest columnist Jack Bray says, peer mediation in school is preposterous. What the kids need is strong discipline.
TEACHERS GRIPE, CRIST COMMISERATES: A group of 15 teachers gave the governor a laundry list of problems they see in Florida schools, not the least of which was FCAT. The governor said he'd do what he can, asking if lengthening the school day would help, the AP reports.
SARASOTA GETS TOUGH ON APPLICANTS: Burned by recent teacher and principal hires, the Sarasota school district toughens its employment procedures and hires an investigator to do background checks, the Herald-Tribune reports.
FLORIDA JOINS LOAN INVESTIGATION: AG Bill McCollum e-mails 11 universities and 28 community colleges, aiming to get leaders to agree to manage loans without conflicts of interest, the Miami Herald reports. Meanwhile, the head of the federal student loan program resigns as the national testing scandal broadens, the Washington Post reports.
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