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Education news and notes from Tampa Bay and Florida

Today's education news: Magnet schools, assault at school, Liberia's president at a school and more

SUPERVISION BREAKDOWN: A Walker Middle male student is sexually assaulted at school by four boys who had been bullying him for months.

Sine die SINE DIE: Florida lawmakers finish the 2009-10 budget. (Times photo, Scott Keeler)

SO LONG, FAREWELL: Alumni gather to reminisce about Kennedy Middle, which closes in the fall.

A SPECIAL VISIT: Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf speaks at Berkeley Prep.

LABOR NEWS: Pinellas teachers reach tentative contract agreement that includes regular monthly planning days. • Lake teachers end a year of bargaining without raises, the Orlando Sentinel reports. • Leon drops 161 annual contract teachers, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.

THERE HE GOES AGAIN: Hernando superintendent Wayne Alexander becomes a finalist for another job back east, not too long after pledging to complete his contract here.

PRAYER BAN AFFIRMED: A federal judge signs off on an agreement prohibiting Santa Rosa schools from promoting personal religious beliefs at school, the Pensacola News-Journal reports.

BAD TEACHER: A Palm Beach middle school band teacher is arrested for luring female students to his classroom for sex, the Palm Beach Post reports.

OUR KIDS ARE NOT PAWNS: Florida politicians need to put education first, the Santa Rosa Press-Gazette editorializes.

MIX THEM UP? Two Duval magnet schools grapple with the issue of whether to put magnet and neighborhood students in the same classrooms, the Florida Times-Union reports.

SPARING THE ARTS: Lee won't be cutting its music and arts programs as much as expected thanks to a better state budget than projected, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.

SAVE YOUR DIMES AND NICKELS: Some Indiantown fourth-graders get lessons in how to be thrifty, the Stuart News reports.

CLOSING DOWN: An alternative charter high school in Manatee will shut because of low enrollment, the Herald-Tribune reports.

Visit the Gradebook at noon for a look back at the legislative session with House Prek-12 Policy chairman John Legg.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 10:23am]


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