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Tb_pasco_tattoo_300 IS THIS ONE OK? The Pasco school district adopts a new policy restricting visible tattoos and piercings that are "offensive to community standards." It gives little direction on what exactly that means, though. The Gradebook wants to know where you think the line should be drawn. Please add a comment below, or e-mail me at solochek@sptimes.com. (Times photo, Zach Boyden-Holmes)

REPORTERS, SUPERINTENDENT. WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE? A family that's suing the Pinellas school district over bus safety issues subpoenas two Times reporters because superintendent Clayton Wilcox refuses to be deposed.

WHERE'S THE BUS? Hillsborough school officials hope to have better answers for parents calling about late arrivals when they get a GPS tracking system.

MAYBE SCHOOLS WON'T HAVE THEM, BUT ... While many area municipalities are cutting back on school resource officers, the Hernando School Board moves to add an armed guard to patrol its meetings.

HOW DID SHE GET HIRED? Students question a FAMU law prof's credentials, and worry that her quality - or lack of it - might hinder the law school's accreditation efforts.

MEMO TO TEACHERS: DON'T HELP: A Manatee County teacher faces dismissal, and possible criminal charges, for helping several students finish the FCAT exam, the Bradenton Herald reports.

SHOW THEM THE MONEY: FEMA still owes the Palm Beach school district $13-million for claims from hurricane damage in 2004 and 2005, the Sun-Sentinel reports. Welcome to the 2007 hurricane season.

A NEW WAY TO BUILD SCHOOLS: One Orange County developer puts up the schools, and the cash, and he runs the show. Then he hands the keys, and a bill, to the school district. He says it saves money and time. Critics say that's no way for a district to run the public's business, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

NO MORE EXIT EXAM: California lawmakers move to do away with the state's high school exit exam, the Sacramento Bee reports.

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