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Sharpening up for the next FCAT

Published February 7, 2007


Students aren't the only ones who had to prepare for the FCAT writing test, which began Tuesday. The schools had to get ready to give the test, too. That meant sharpening hundreds of pencils. "Four pencil sharpeners are no longer working at Pine View Middle School," said School Board Chairwoman Marge Whaley, whose husband, Leo, volunteered two days running the machines into the ground. Only afterward did Whaley and others make a key discovery: "You can buy pencils already sharpened," she observed. A box of 12 No. 2 Dixon Ticonderogas, ready for writing, costs $2.19 at Office Depot - the same price as the unsharpened kind. The chairwoman asked top administrators Tuesday to send out the word, figuring school leaders would want to know for the next round of Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test.


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