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: 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.