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Hand_position_for_vaccination_2 BELIEVE IT: When Pinellas school officials tell parents "No shots, no school - no kidding," they mean it. So they've put out the warning early this year: Get your kids vaccinated by the start of classes, or they won't be allowed into school.

NO DEAL: An agreement to rename the USF Sun Dome for a student loan company falls apart amid concerns about the chief executive's criminal background.

TAX RATE DOWN:
The state has certified the tax roll and told each school district what its local effort tax rate must be. In Pasco County, like other districts, the amount will drop by more than 16 cents per $1,000 of assessed value. The growing Pasco district worries its budget might not increase enough to support raises.

HAPPY B-DAY: It's the Pasco school district's 120th birthday today. Did you know that starting teachers made $20 a month in 1887? Now, they earn more than $35,000 a year.

MORE THAN FCAT: A Lauderdale Lakes charter school that focuses on small-group and one-to-one instruction has more on its mind than just getting its students to pass the test. It struggles to keep them in school. But its double-F grade from the state has the school on the ropes to survive, the Sun-Sentinel reports.

NOT SO BAD: Palm Beach County schools will have more money than ever to spend this year, despite pending state budget cuts. The district, which has shrinking enrollment, expects to have money for employee raises, the Palm Beach Post reports.

RENEW THAT TAX: Sarasota wants to build nine schools in the next 15 years, and the School Board is asking voters to extend a sales tax to make it happen, the Herald-Tribune reports.

NOT ALONE: Florida schools aren't the only ones looking down the barrel of threatened budget cuts. California legislative Republicans are pushing to slash $400-million from education spending, too, the LA Times reports.

WHITHER ABSTINENCE EDUCATION: Bolstered by a major study saying it doesn't work, states have begun canceling the "just say no" sex ed program, throwing its future in doubt, the NY Times reports.

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