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Stack_of_money MORE MONEY, MORE WORK: Most Hillsborough teachers should get an 8 percent pay raise this year, on the heels of last year's 10 percent. Many also will see their teaching day lengthened at least 20 minutes. The sides reached agreement on playground time, cell phone confiscation and more, too.

CLOSE THE CAMPUS: Hernando high schools should force students to stay on campus during lunch, if it will help them boost their free lunch program participation enough to qualify for Title I funds, columnist Jeff Webb says.

TUTORING OPTION: Last year, Pasco County schools had more than $1-million left unspent in its No Child Left Behind tutoring fund. This year, about 2,000 more kids are eligible because their schools didn't make AYP, and officials expect to turn some away.

SPEED IT UP: The group suing to place more powers with Florida's Board of Governors has asked the judge for a quick resolution, hoping to avoid a political showdown, the Palm Beach Post reports.

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS FOR SUPERINTENDENT: Unlike any other state, Florida allows a high school dropout to become elected schools superintendent. And that should change, columnist William Bainbridge writes in the Florida Times-Union.

BUDGET CUTS, CONTINUED: Florida Gulf Coast University looks at enrollment and hiring freezes, the Naples Daily News reports. Palm Beach public schools don't expect major cuts, the Sun-Sentinel reports.

IT MAY SAY MYSPACE, BUT ... When you're a teacher, it's not just yours. The Broward school district wants to fire one of its band directors for his web site's content, which he invited students to see, the Miami Herald reports.

REMOVE MY NAME: Amid controversy over his use of the N-word, the former chairman of the Roger Williams University board says he wants his name taken off the university's law school, the only one in Rhode Island, the AP reports.

BACK TO BASICS: An independent review finds Washington state's math standards too conceptual and lacking in some key skills. If its recommendations are adopted, the state annual exam could get harder, the Seattle Times reports.

PAY THEM: Some families of victims from April's  Virginia Tech massacre want the state of Virginia to set up a multi-million-dollar account to pay them for their losses and to create a national campus safety program, the Washington Post reports.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:19am]


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