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Florida education news: Teach-In, texting ban, ethics training and more



B4s_hillsteachin1119_94617c WHAT DO YOU WANT TO BE? Gator hunters, soldiers, financial planners and a host of professionals talk to students all around the Tampa area for the Great American Teach-In. More story, plus a photo gallery. (Times photo, Atoyia Deans)

GETTING DAD INVOLVED: Brooker Elementary in Brandon makes sure fathers have a role at the school, too.

CHOICE WORDS: Pasco School Board member Kathryn Starkey speaks her mind, and draws some gasps with her phrasing.

IT'S A MYSTERY: No one is quite sure how Pasco Middle's 1,700-pound football sled disappeared.

AND THE CHAIRMAN IS ... Pat Fagan gets a surprise nomination to lead the Hernando School Board. The board then rejects a deal with a teacher who had been suspended for drug use.

TOP OF THE CLASS: Oldest school in Pasco County celebrates 125th in 1880s manner 

NO  TEXTING ALLOWED: Miami-Dade becomes one of the few districts in the country to ban texting by school bus drivers, School Transportation News reports.

FUNDING LAWSUIT: Parents from Duval County who joined the "adequate funding" lawsuit against Florida government leaders speak about their concerns with the Florida Times-Union. The Orlando parents involved in the suit talk with the Orlando Sentinel. [Note: The Pasco parents haven't called us back.]

WORKING THE CONTRACT: Palm Beach teachers threaten to do no more than required in their contract while they fight the district's curriculum, the Palm Beach Post reports. Some critics say many fear to speak against the superintendent because of possible retaliation, the Sun-Sentinel reports.

LEARN SOME ETHICS: Miami-Dade mandates ethics training for all district employees, the Miami Herald reports.

COPING WITH CRIME: FAMU and Florida State see spikes in violent crimes, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.

LABOR NEWS: Citrus teachers reach a tentative contract deal, the Citrus County Chronicle reports. • Charlotte teachers see their health benefits costs rise, the Herald-Tribune reports.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 10:42am]


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