SAY GOODBYE TO THE SRO: Lawmakers worked to spare school districts when pushing property tax cuts among local governments. But the cities and counties that fund school resource officers still face cuts, and leaders there are saying the campus cops might not make the budget next year.
NOW FIX THE SYSTEM: The legal battle over Brooke Ingoldsby's death by school bus two years ago has ended, with Gov. Charlie Crist's decision to approve a $1.3-million settlement with the Pinellas school district. Now, Brooke's still grieving mom, Michelle Allen, will press the district to improve the transportation department that generates "horror stories" like hers.
MORE ON THAT HEBREW SCHOOL: Last week, the Gradebook told readers about the nation's first Hebrew-English charter school, which will open this fall in Broward County. We linked you to a Florida Jewish News story that told all about it. Well, the Broward School Board read the story, too, and got concerned that it was approving a religious school. The Sun-Sentinel reports on what happened next.
LEAVE THE IPOD AT HOME: Make that any MP3 player, the St. Johns County School Board says to students, according to this Florida Times-Union report. Odd how districts can't decide on this issue. You might recall a recent story from Chicago where a school board figured that kids are just listening to music, so why bother with a ban. The music junkie in the Gradebook can't help but wonder who's right.
JUST WHAT THEY WANTED: The generous State of Ohio will send a voter registration packet to 15,000 lucky high school graduates as part of its new Grads Vote 2007 initiative, the Dayton Daily News reports.
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