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GO SLOW: The Pinellas School Board wants to implement a new student assignment plan gradually, rather than all at once. That means kids who want to stay put would be able to do so next year. The extra cost would be $5-million a year, for the five years it takes students to cycle through the system.

Tb_faliero_2 FALIERO MOVES OUT OF DISTRICT: Hillsborough School Board vice chair Jennifer Faliero (left) won 73 percent of the vote in 2006 to represent a huge chunk of southeast Hillsborough. Soon after, she moved to South Tampa amid a divorce and money concerns. The obvious question: Can she continue to serve?

PROMISES MADE: FAMU leaders visit the the school's College of Law on Thursday to reassure students that change is coming. "There are some unacceptable things that have happened here, and that will change," incoming dean Leroy Pernell said. It's about time, says the Times editorial board, which pans the school's performance so far.

THREE CHEERS FOR THE (NEW) HOME TEAM: After building a powerhouse cheerleading team at Land O'Lakes High, Pennye Garcia takes her coaching skills to brand new Sunlake High.

HEBREW SCHOOL BATTLE: The story of Ben Gamla charter in Broward, the first-of-its-kind school that is fighting with the School Board over its Hebrew curriculum, makes its way to the NY Times. At the heart of the story is whether the school by its nature is religious, and if so, whether it should receive public funds. Meanwhile, the school has given in and stopped teaching Hebrew, the Sun-Sentinel reports.

SEX ED CHANGES: St. Lucie's superintendent, like leaders in surrounding districts, is recommending a new (do we need to say controversial at this point?) sex ed curriculum that focuses more on diseases and how to prevent them, the Palm Beach Post reports.

COULD YOU BE A BUS DRIVER? After several Lee County kids don't make it home on the right bus, the area's NBC television news team reports what qualifications a person must have to get a driving job.

SPEAKING OF BUSES: Several Palm Beach parents are peeved after the district cancels several courtesy rides without telling anyone, the Sun-Sentinel reports.

PRESCHOOL RATINGS: Texas claims to have the nation's first system of certifying preschools on how they prepare children for kindergarten, the Dallas Morning News reports. They might have to arm wrestle Florida education officials over that claim.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:21am]


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