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Florida education news: Early retirement, school yearbooks, cell phones on campus and more

book.jpegCHECK ONLINE FOR MORE: St. Petersburg High School joins the trend of providing added yearbook content online, available with the swipe of a digital code. (Times photo, James Borchuck)

RUSH TO RETIRE: Thousands of public employees including teachers enroll in Florida's Deferred Retirement program before the rules change in July. 

BUDGET CUTS: Hernando School Board officials consider eliminating some paid holidays and charging student activity fees to offset an $11 million budget shortfall. • Palm Beach proposes layoffs and furloughs to balance the budget, the Palm Beach Post reports. • Polk's charter schools also prepare for cuts in state revenue, the Lakeland Ledger reports. • Alachua schools need about $131 million in repairs, but money is scarce, the Gainesville Sun reports.

GRADUATION NEWS: Hernando High senior Lakia Brown overcomes adversity to succeed • Difficult start, promising future for twins headed to Howard University from Brooks-DeBartolo High

STEPPING OUT: Brooks-DeBartolo High principal Phildra Swagger resigns to start her own education consulting firm.

TOP OF THE CLASS: Junior Achievement computer game teaches real-life financial skillsPine Grove Elementary students collect Bears for 'BamaJ.D. Floyd students build a home for gopher tortoises found on campus 

SUPERINTENDENT NEWS: Kamela Patton is sworn as Collier's first female superintendent since 1926, the Naples Daily News reports. • Gulf superintendent Tim Wilder is offered the top job in Dothan, Ala., schools, the Dothan Herald-Citizen reports.

CLEARING THE AIR: Duval School Board members commit to a better working atmosphere after some highly charged recent meetings, the Florida Times-Union reports.

PAY ATTENTION: Broward school officials say parents on cell phones cause too many accidents at dropoff and pickup time, the Sun-Sentinel reports.

[Last modified: Thursday, June 2, 2011 6:06am]

    

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