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ANOTHER ONE BITES THE DUST: Citrus County teachers join a growing list of their colleagues around the state in rejecting the controversial STAR performance pay plan. "It's divisive and it's pitting teacher against teacher," union president Deborah Platt said. Also in their corner are Palm Beach County teachers, the Sun-Sentinel reports.

OH, THAT WAS FOR YOU? As senior class adviser, Cheryl Foster-Lawrentz helped Chamberlain High students raise thousands of dollars for prom and graduation activities. Then she stole the cash, Tampa Police say. If you think that's bad, check out this Salt Lake Tribune story about a secretary accused of stealing nearly $1-million from a local education foundation.

FEE DOA: University of Florida president Bernie Machen wanted to charge students a $1,000 fee to help offset what he considered too low tuition. Gov. Charlie Crist and lawmakers on both sides of the aisle want nothing to do with the idea.

EVEN A KID CAN DO IT: Rep. Kevin Ambler and Sen. Victor Crist are asking Hillsborough County high school students to write a bill for them. Teens from several of the county's schools are competing in the "Ought To Be A Law" contest for the chance to see their idea turn into statute. Some of the ideas: a ban on slabbing, a mandate for motorcyclists to wear helmets and awarding high school credits for community service hours.

INCLUSION OR INTOLERANCE? The question is that simple for the Hillsborough School Board as it considers whether to adopt a secular calendar or one that recognizes the holidays of some, but not all, religions, columnist Ernest Hooper writes.

DO YOU REALLY NEED A SUPERINTENDENT, ANYWAY? It wasn't too long ago that the Broward County School Board fired its superintendent. The nation's sixth-largest school district still hasn't started looking for a replacement, the Sun-Sentinel reports.

TOO SOON? Central Florida school districts are looking into whether they want to participate in tornado drills, just a week after a deadly twister ransacked the area, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:14am]


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