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ARE YOU TALKING TO ME? What's that? Lawmakers are listening to educators about education issues? After spending eight years complaining that Gov. Jeb Bush and the GOP-dominated Legislature ruled them with a heavy hand, teachers are thrilled to find government leaders seeking their advice on controversial subjects like performance-based pay and testing.

CITRUS COUNTY: Lt. James Martone has counseled Citrus County youth about the evils of drugs and alcohol for almost 20 years. Now school district officials are wondering if he’s the right man for the job.

FIX THE FAMILIES, FIX THE SCHOOLS: Hey, parents. If you really want your kids to succeed in school, you have to do your part. A former school teacher laments how education has changed, for the worse, over the years and how families need to do more to fix it.

HERNANDO COUNTY: They’re still jiggering attendance zone boundaries in Hernando County. Read more about it.

PASCO COUNTY: Some Pasco County teens and their parents would rather stay at Land O’Lakes High School than transfer to new Sunlake High when it opens in August. But that didn’t stop them from seeking information about what the school will be like in the fall.

SO, KIDS, WHAT DID YOU DO OVER THE WEEKEND? While some area school districts talk about randomly drug testing students, one New Jersey school is doing it. The AP reports that Pequannock Township High will randomly test students to see if they’ve consumed any alcohol over the weekends. "There are more kids that die each year in alcohol-related traffic deaths than there are soldiers who have died in Iraq. The numbers are staggering," superintendent Larrie Reynolds said.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:13am]


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