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Florida education news: FCAT, soda sales, bus rides and more



Passoda082709a_82417c COKE IS IT (SORT OF): Pasco schools make the switch to Coca-Cola products after a decade of Pepsi drinks only, but the brand stalwart Coke isn't part of the mix. (Times photo, Keri Wiginton)

BUS STOP CONFUSION: Things did not improve for Pinellas students trying to figure out which bus to ride on Wednesday.

FLU NEWS: Tampa Catholic has a 20 percent absentee rate as the swine flu takes its toll.

STAY SAFE: The University of Tampa gives students safety tips in the wake of a student murder earlier this month.

THAT WAS QUICK: A Zephyrhills High student is arrested for selling drugs on campus on the third day of classes.

FCAT PREP: Manatee teachers say they won't de-emphasize their focus on the FCAT despite a new law banning what's become known as FCAT frenzy, the Bradenton Herald reports.

HERE WE GO AGAIN: Just like a few years ago, Florida has scheduled the FCAT to coincide with Easter and Passover in 2011. Some districts are pushing back, the Miami Herald reports.

LABOR NEWS: Palm Beach kills a plan to switch health care insurance providers amid employee protests, the Palm Beach Post reports.

BE SURE TO TYPE .NET: A Santa Rosa high school's Web site URL has a copycat using .com that directs visitors to a porn site instead, the Northwest Florida Daily News reports.

ON TRIAL: Monroe's suspended superintendent goes to court on official misconduct charges, the Miami Herald reports.

FREE FOR ALL: Escambia gives free meals to every student attending eight of its schools, the Pensacola News-Journal reports.

CAN THE CANS: UF tells Anheuser-Busch it doesn't want the company to sell beer in the school's trademark colors of blue and orange, the Gainesville Sun reports.

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