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Tb_busstop_450x300 BUS STOP BATTLES:  Some Brandon parents want their children's bus stop moved off a busy road and into their neighborhood. They protest at the site and vow to take their fight to the School Board if necessary. (Times photo, Skip O'Rourke)

SORRY: Hillsborough School Board member Jennifer Faliero apologizes for any grief she's caused by moving out of her district after her divorce. She promises to move back, perhaps by the end of October.

THANKS FOR NOTHING: Hernando mom Patricia Fasano writes how her son's first day of kindergarten turned sour when she returns from his classroom to find a ticket on her car, which she had parked in front of the school.

NCLB REVISIONS RELEASED: The House Education and Labor Committee has released a discussion draft of the No Child reauthorization bill, the Washington Post reports. To see the details, click here. For a fine blog from Education Week on the ins and outs of NCLB, click here.

LET MY CHILDREN GO: Some Orange County parents complain that the school district should not have held their children inside their school as a storm raged outside. Some kids didn't get released until 8 p.m., even as their parents stood in the school demanding their release, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

POLK TEACHER DEAL: The union and district strike an agreement for 4.25 percent raises, the Lakeland Ledger reports.

IS IT HOT IN HERE? Florida Atlantic University will turn the a/c up a notch as one of several cost-saving measures as it cuts $7-million from its budget, the Sun-Sentinel reports.

WE'RE NOT ALONE: If you think summer was too long this year, don't feel lonely. All across the country, states are pushing the first day of school back toward Labor Day, USA Today reports.

SAT RESULTS: The numbers of Florida students taking the test surge, while the scores remain flat - and below the national average. Why? More teens who can't pass the FCAT are using the test as a backup to gain graduation, the Palm Beach Post reports.

SEEKING CLASS-SIZE SOLUTIONS: A Southern California school district found it couldn't meet the state's class-size reduction requirements. But it wanted the money. So it falsified records. Now they have to repay the state even more than originally thought, the LA Times reports.

The US Census puts out a bunch of stats about schools, and the NY Times gathers them up in one place.

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


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