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Education news and notes from Tampa Bay and Florida

Today's education news: Odyssey of the Mind, turnaround awards, stimulus worries and more

Pacturnaround050709b_67221c GETTING SERIOUS: Trever Marsha ended sophomore year with three credits and an invitation to leave Zephyrhills High. He fought back, becoming the school's turnaround story of the year. Pasco celebrated its turnaround award recipients this week. (Times photo of event, Kainaz Amaria)

A "VICTORY FOR EDUCATION": Florida lawmakers arrive at a gaming deal that would pump millions into the public school system. It remains to be seen whether the Seminole Tribe will accept the terms.

CAN THEY STAY OR SHOULD THEY GO? Hernando officials consider barring Pasco and Citrus students from attending Hernando's magnet schools.

A TEA FOR HISTORY: Fifty girls at Coachman Fundamental dress as historical figures and have tea to learn about and honor women who had made firsts in their fields.

BUDGET NEWS: As Florida lawmakers debate the 09-10 budget, Florida school officials find the cuts they'll have to make aren't as severe as expected, the Florida Times-Union reports. • Still, the budget talk coming out of Tallahassee doesn't reflect reality, the Pensacola News-Journal editorializes. • Broward drops the notion of moving to a four-day class schedule, saying the savings wouldn't be enough to justify the switch, the Miami Herald reports. • Orange continues to look for ways to close schools that the public might support, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

STIMULUS INSECURITIES: Florida university leaders worry that the federal funds will wind up costing them more over time if they put the one-time money into recurring expenses, the Palm Beach Post reports. • Alachua school officials have similar concerns, the Gainesville Sun reports.

ODYSSEY OF THE MIND: Five teams from Lee are on their way to worlds, if they can find the money to pay the travel costs, the Fort Myers News-Press reports. • A team from Coral Reef High in Miami-Dade also is primed to compete after nine months of preparation, the Miami Herald reports.

NO CONFIDENCE: The teachers at a specialty school in Palm Beach vote no confidence in their principal, triggering, well, nothing unless the superintendent decides to act, the Palm Beach Post reports.

MAKING MERGER EASIER: Students from two Volusia schools that will merge meet face-to-face after being pen pals, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.

AROUND THE NATION: New York bans the hiring of teachers from outside the system, the NY Times reports. • A judge tells a California district it can't drug test band, chess club members, the LA Times reports. • President Obama seeks to temporarily extend D.C.'s voucher program, USA Today reports.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 10:22am]


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