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Florida education news: Single-gender schools, bus stops, a teacher with a porn past and more

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a4s_schools082411_188073d.jpegFRESH START: Hillsborough refashions two struggling middle schools into single-gender magnet "academies." • The first day of school ran smoothly for other Hillsborough schools, too. • Pasco teachers say they're glad to be back with their students. (Times photo, Marlene Sokol)

WHO'S NEXT? After firing superintendent Julie Janssen, the Pinellas School Board divides on selecting an interim leader. • The board and Janssen handled their split well, paving the way for whatever comes next, the Times editorializes.

A LITTLE HELP: Gulfside Elementary in Pasco provides free clothing for needy students.

CUSTOMER SERVICE: Manatee officials readjust bus stops after several parent complaints, the Bradenton Herald reports.

CONFUSED: Broward PTA volunteers have many questions about the district's fund raising rules, the Miami Herald reports.

KEEP YOUR PANTS ON: A Miami-Dade substitute teacher is fired after a principal learns he had been a porn actor, the Miami Herald reports.

BE EFFICIENT: St. Lucie schools save millions in energy costs, the Port St. Lucie Tribune reports.

MUSICAL CHAIRS: Palm Beach officials warn students and parents that their teachers might change as the district adjusts for class size requirements, the Palm Beach Post reports.

BREAK IT UP: Polk County Commissioners unanimously vote to split USF Polytechnic from the university system, the Lakeland Ledger reports.

SHUT IT DOWN: The Orange School Board closes a struggling charter school, the second in less than four months, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

LABOR NEWS: Contract talks reach impasse for Bay school support workers, the Panama City News Herald reports. • The University of Florida offers 3 percent raises and drops a proposal to take away a week of vacation to pay for it, the Gainesville Sun reports.

[Last modified: Wednesday, August 24, 2011 6:00am]

    

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