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Florida education news: School supervision, tax hikes, high school football and more



Cell-tower-antennas LISTEN TO THE PARENTS: The Hillsborough County Commission requires the Hillsborough School Board to have public hearings before allowing cell phone towers to rise on school campuses.

IF YOU CAN'T WATCH IT, DON'T OPEN IT: Hillsborough officials try to reinforce the district's policies on student supervision in the wake of the recent student rape in a middle school locker room.

NEW REVENUE: Pinellas superintendent Julie Janssen recommends a tax hike to cover expected deficits.

SENATE SEEKER: Nina Hayden, on the Pinellas School Board less than a year, plans to run for Florida Senate.

THINK IT OVER: Secretary of State Kurt Browning urges Pasco superintendent Heather Fiorentino to reconsider her dismissal of longtime administrator Ray Gadd.

MONEY (ALMOST) IN THE BANK: Florida International University is a step away from receiving a $20 million gift for its new medical school, the Miami Herald reports.

THEY BLEW IT: The FHSAA erred in deciding to cut high school sporting events without including football, but it has a chance to make amends, the Orlando Sentinel editorializes.

TOUGH CHALLENGE: Undocumented migrant families find it difficult to get past policies and costs and put their children into college, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.

MONROE SUPERINTENDENT REMOVED: Gov. Crist has suspended Monroe superintendent Randy Acevedo after Acevedo's arrest on a charge of official misconduct, the Miami Herald reports.

LANGUAGE LESSONS: Palm Beach teachers learn how to better instruct students in Spanish, the Sun-Sentinel reports.

TROUBLE: The Orange school construction program is the subject of ongoing problems, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

HIRING CONCERNS: A Leon charter school hires 28 teachers, including a half-dozen from the principal's former school, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.

AROUND THE NATION: The Dallas, Texas, school district borrows $100 million to cover the remainder of its bills for the year, the Dallas Morning News reports. • An Ohio teacher accused of preaching in school files a federal lawsuit against his district, the Mount Vernon (Ohio) News reports.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 10:26am]


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