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Divorce COALITION SPLITTING: They got together for the kids - the prekindergartners, to be precise. But the Pasco-Hernando Early Learning Coalition members from each county, who have clashed over money almost since the beginning, want a divorce. At least one lawmaker says he'll gladly preside.

DIALING FOR DOLLARS: A band of dedicated parents seeks out scholarships large and small for the graduating class of Central High in Brooksville. About half of the 393 seniors earn one, with the haul totaling $4.8-million in offers.

SHE'S NOT SAYING: The teen sat on the witness stand and refused to testify against the Seminole High assistant band director who's accused of unlawful sexual activity with a minor. Her. Former teacher Daniel Zdrodowski faces up to 5-1/2 years in prison.

DOE EXODUS CONTINUES: First it was commissioner John Winn. The deputy commissioner for research and the press secretary left soon after. Now it's the community college chancellor's turn. J. David Armstrong is leaving the Department of Education to lead Broward Community College, the Sun-Sentinel reports.

 A 'COLOSSAL FAILURE': Congress appears unlikely to continue funding abstinence education, the AP reports. Democratic leaders point to recent reports showing that the lessons do little to convince kids to keep their pants on.

DO IT: Utah's attorney general orders the state's Board of Education to implement a new universal voucher program even as opponents move to strip the law from the books, the Salt Lake Tribune reports.

WWJD? A group of parents sues their Texas school district, saying an elective course on the King James Bible violates their religious rights, the AP reports.

SHUT UP AND TEACH: A federal court rules that teachers trade their First Amendment rights for a salary, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:17am]


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