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Florida education news: bid rigging, help for Haiti, school budgets and more



Mulch7 BID RIGGING: Two former Pinellas school maintenance workers are charged with racketeering for allegedly steering mulching projects to friends. (Image from

DEDICATION: The Pinellas teachers union honors its longtime leader, the late Jade Moore, by dedicating its headquarters to him.

TAKE HALF: St. Petersburg College gives retiring president Carl Kuttler half the pay package he had sought. The deal is a step in the right direction for the school, which still must choose a new leader, the Times editorializes.

JUDGMENT CALLS: Detailed reports show that a Hernando Nature Coast Technical High teacher made poor decisions in his dealings with a female student, but he didn't have an inappropriate relationship with her.

HELPING HAITI: Hudson High School students collect medical supplies for the earthquake recovery. A Dayspring Academy third-grader brings in more than $300 for the relief efforts.

COUNT EVERYONE: Volusia schools plan to ramp up efforts to get all students to graduate, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.

EXTERNAL INVESTIGATION: Broward school district leaders ask the FDLE to take over a review of the district transportation department's operations, the Sun-Sentinel reports. 

COME TOGETHER: Alachua officials consider merging two nearby elementary schools to save money, the Gainesville Sun reports.

GRAB YOUR HELMET AND STICK: Manatee Johnson Middle School becomes one of a handful of middle schools to offer lacrosse as a team sport, the Bradenton Herald reports.

WHEN DOES IT END? Lee school district officials worry about another budget cut and how to make it work, the Fort Myers News-Press reports. • A group of Duval high school seniors joins the Save Duval Schools movement to urge lawmakers to provide more funding for education, the Florida Times-Union reports.

SCHOOL CLOSINGS: Indian River prepares to close a magnet school that has seen its enrollment shrink, the Vero Beach Press-Journal reports.

THEN THERE WERE FIVE: Florida Atlantic University narrows its field of presidential candidates, the Palm Beach Post reports.

STRONG SHOWING: A local analysis shows Brevard's low-income schools outperform their peer schools across Florida, Florida Today reports.

GET TO IT: A consultant urges the Polk School Board to move quickly in hiring a new superintendent, the Lakeland Ledger reports. The board also approved a raise for teachers, the Ledger reports.


[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 10:51am]


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