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Education news and notes from Tampa Bay and Florida

Today's education news: School gardens, early retirement, university research and more

RETIREMENT IMAGE THINKING ABOUT RETIRING? The Pasco school district might make employees' decision easier by offering a set of incentives as it tries to reduce its work force without layoffs.

FIRING STANDS: Hernando superintendent Wayne Alexander stands by his decision to dump the district's construction manager.

BEST BAND: Tarpon Springs High now can boast having the top-rated marching band in the country.

BUDGET NEWS: St. Lucie could lose a successful writing program because of a lack of funding, the Fort Pierce Tribune reports. • Miami-Dade teachers are voting on whether to support deferring two days of pay, the Miami Herald reports. • A Leon charter school at FSU cuts 37 teachers, the Tallahassee Democrat reports. • UF explores new rules to make it easier to lay off employees, the Gainesville Sun reports.

GETTING DOWN AND DIRTY: Several South Florida schools are adding gardens and using them as teaching tools, the Miami Herald reports.

EXPENSIVE, AND INEFFECTIVE: An internal review reveals that Miami-Dade's school zone plan failed to improve the lowest-performing schools, the Miami Herald reports.

RESEARCH IS KEY: FAMU sets research as a top priority, even exempting it from the university's summer four-day work week rule, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.

BIGGEST CLASS: If you had any doubts that the economy is forcing people back to school, consider Brevard Community College, which Florida Today reports has its largest graduating class ever.

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


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