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512704dbeed64d6799a4356327575aca PINELLAS PLAN: Superintendent Clayton Wilcox finally announces his proposal to reconfigure the school system to run more efficiently with fewer children. He wants to close five schools, change the mission at four others, and revamp attendance zones. The School Board has to approve the ideas for them to take effect next year.

SMALL STEPS: Pasco teachers will get their "step" increases for years of service, as planned. But superintendent Heather Fiorentino cautions that bigger raises might not be coming, as the state's financial crisis looks worse than expected.

NOT AFRAID: Brevard County's superintendent recommends that students should have more sex education. "I think it’s important that high school children have information. I've never been afraid of information," Richard DiPatri tells Florida Today.

CAUTIOUS CONSTRUCTION: They think the growth is coming. Someday. But the Broward School Board doesn't want to build a huge school for someday, so it has authorized an "expandable" school rather than a oversized one, the Sun-Sentinel reports.

COLLIER SUPERINTENDENT SPAT: The dispute over how and why the superintendent was fired, and an Illinois school leader's role in the matter, turns to whether any School Board members violated the Sunshine Law, the Naples Daily News reports.

ON GUARD: Miami-Dade superintendent Rudy Crew has been getting threats ever since the School Board approved his $41,000 bonus. So he's taking extra security precautions while police investigate, the Miami-Herald reports.

A MOMENT OF SILENCE? OR PRAYER? A federal court in Texas is reviewing the state's "minute of silence" law, the Dallas Morning News reports.

NOT FOR MY KIDS: The New York school system is looking into giving kids cash for good grades, a concept that some Florida lawmakers also have praised. NYC finds that many parents question the value of paying their kids to do something they are expected to do anyway, the NY Times reports.

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