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Florida education news: school holidays, layoffs, student uniforms and more

Good_friday_120293aSTILL NO CALENDAR: The Hillsborough School Board rejects an academic year calendar that would have made Good Friday a holiday, leaving the calendar unsettled. (Times photo, Willie J. Allen)

LAYOFFS LIKELY: Pasco schools face the prospect of job eliminations as the district fills a $28 million budget hole.

HAND OVER THAT PHONE: Hernando gives teachers and administrators the right to confiscate and search student cell phones as part of a new code of conduct.

CATCH IT ONLINE: Pasco-Hernando Community College will webcast its graduation ceremony so faraway relatives can watch.

TOP OF THE CLASS: Elementary students raise a garden in memory of a friendWiregrass Ranch High School valedictorian and salutatorian 

GIVE IT BACK: The Lee school district must return nearly $250,000 to the state after an audit discovers discrepancies in per-student funding claims, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.

RETHINKING THE RACE: St. Johns school officials are reconsidering whether they want to participate in Florida's Race to the Top efforts, the St. Augustine Record reports.

FIVE FINALISTS: The Polk School Board narrows its field of superintendent candidates to five, the Winter Haven News Chief reports.

AP ON THE RISE: Lee schools see a 73 percent increase in students in Advanced Placement courses, the Cape Coral Daily Breeze reports.

REHIRED: Broward teachers protest as the district rehires a retired principal back to his old job, the Sun-Sentinel reports.

RETHINKING GPA'S: Collier officials say they'll return to the old way of calculating student grade-point averages for this year after failing to notify students of the changes, the Naples Daily News reports.

CHARTER CHALLENGE: A battle is emerging at Boca Raton High, where some seek to convert the school into a charter, the Sun-Sentinel reports. 

SCHOOL TAXES: Okaloosa will seek voter approval for a sales tax to support school construction, the Northwest Florida Daily News reports.

NO PUNISHMENT: A Marion student who videotaped a gym teacher apparently stealing from student lockers won't be disciplined because he didn't catch students changing clothing, the Ocala Star-Banner reports.

PRAYER SUIT FILED: The Liberty Counsel challenges an agreement banning prayer in Santa Rosa schools, the Pensacola News-Journal reports.

JUST SAY NO: Alachua parents and students speak out against school uniforms, the Gainesville Sun reports.


[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 11:00am]


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