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DEGREE IN MEMORIAM: Melody Adams had planned to graduate from St. Petersburg College this month with her mom, Teresa Fillie. Fillie died before they could walk together, but she was present in spirit at Monday's ceremony.

MAKE THEM EARN IT: The Hernando School Board should do away with its policy allowing siblings of magnet school students a guaranteed seat in the schools, the Times editorial board says.

BUSTED: A Pasco County teacher who was hired to coach boys basketball at Hernando High abruptly quits after being arrested for indecent exposure at a Brooksville park.

The principal of Immokalee High lost his post in the wake of a discovery that he allowed over-age students to participate in athletics for the school. He got another job in the Collier County district. But perhaps not for long. The state is considering whether to yank his certificate, the Naples Daily News reports.

ONE MORE: A Charlotte County middle school principal faces criminal charges for allowing several unauthorized minors to drive his car. The charges come a week after his resignation for "personal health reasons," the Herald-Tribune reports.

POSTPONED: The Palm Beach School Board puts off at least a dozen construction projects in the wake of expected declines in revenue and students, the Sun-Sentinel reports.

WHOOPS: Orange County teachers who expected a $2,000 merit pay bonus will get less - or more - depending on how badly the school district messed up in its first calculation, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

Islam_prayer DOUBLE STANDARD? Some schools and universities across the country make time for Muslim students to pray during the academic day, prompting critics to complain that Islam is getting better treatment than other religions, USA Today reports.

TOUGH LESSON: An Oakland youth football coach, tired of losing players to homicide, takes boys and girls to funeral homes and cemeteries to teach them about staying on the straight and narrow path, the NY Times reports.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:20am]


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