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'WHERE IS LITHIA?' Nearly 500 Hillsborough County teachers who got bumped from their jobs head to the district vacancy pool to find another. If they're lucky, they find something that they're qualified to teach. An extra bonus is a job close to home.

OK. WE'LL PAY: A week after Lennar Corp.'s refusal to complete a road to Pasco County's new high school became public, the home builder agrees to help build a temporary road to the campus.

Fork_thumb SENIOR PRANK TIME: The idea of creating a giant '07 with plastic forks might have seemed like a good idea at the time. But some Zephyrhills High seniors who left their mark on the campus got caught and charged with trespassing. Don't even ask about the student charged with a felony for gluing teachers' nameplates all over a patio area.

MORE ON FCAT: The Orlando Sentinel weighs in with a story about the scoring snafu. Meanwhile, the Palm Beach Post opines that the overemphasis on the FCAT was a mistake from the beginning and the state now has the perfect opportunity to change.

REALITY CHECK: Forget positive. Palm Beach superintendent Art Johnson likes to tell it like it is during his annual graduation speeches, the Palm Beach Post reports. The Sun-Sentinel also covered the speech that some called gloomy, and posted audio if you want to hear.

IT'S WHAT SNAKES DO:
But the video of a Jacksonville-area Christian school teacher feeding a live rabbit to600pxpython_royal_35_2 a python as a science experiment didn't get rave reviews from some parents, or the teacher's bosses, the Florida Times-Union reports. (Check it out. They have the video online.)

SPEAKING OF VIDEO:
Kids in a Clermont high school got to watch part of the gory ancient battle film 300 in class. Now the school district is investigating not only whether showing a blood-spattered R-rated film to teens is appropriate, but also how the video - which isn't due out on DVD until July 31 - got into the classroom to begin, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

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

    

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