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THEY'RE NOT HAPPY: Hillsborough County superintendent MaryEllen Elia wants high school teachers to teach 300 minutes a day - nearly an hour longer than many do now. Several turned up at the School Board meeting to complain but, after stewing for hours and then given just two minutes each to talk, they lost their tempers. The outburst overshadowed the board's approval of an opt-out policy for parents who don't want their children to participate in certain clubs.

NO MORE PB&J: Citrus County students whose lunch accounts were empty are supposed to be able charge three meals before being denied another. This after getting unwanted national attention a few years back for yanking trays of food from youngsters whose money was gone and handing them a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. On hearing that children again are being told they can't charge, the School Board has ordered the superintendent to "fix this."

STOP THE SPEEDING: A truck slams into some cars outside a school campus on busy Little Road in Pasco County. It veers toward some young children headed to the campus. An outraged dad takes it upon himself to push for more traffic safety, and hopes he is not alone.

SHE'S BACK: Budding scientist Jasmine Roberts, an eighth-grader at Benito Middle in New Tampa, grabbed national headlines last year with her study of whether the ice or toilet water in area fast food restaurants had more fecal coliform. She won the county science fair then, and she won it again this year with her examination of the water that comes from those machines where you pay to put water in jugs.

SORRY, TEACHERS: The Broward County School Board narrowly approved its participation in the state's controversial performance pay program, despite pleas from more than 1,000 teachers to just say no, the Miami Herald reports. The teachers now have two weeks to reconsider.

SCIENCE POLICY EVOLVES IN KANSAS: Darwin is back in vogue in Kansas, where the State Board of Education has gone back and forth on whether to require creationism as part of the science curriculum. It's the fourth time in eight years the state's science standards have been rewritten, Reuters reports. Here's the Associated Press version of the story.

SNEAKING INTO SCHOOL: It may sound odd, but some students and their parents are lying about where they live just so they can get into - or stay in - the Broward County school of their choice. Enough of that, the School Board says, as it looks into a tougher policy on enforcing enrollment standards, the Sun-Sentinel reports.

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


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