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Aprilbio ROCKING THE BOAT: Hillsborough School Board meetings historically have been well orchestrated affairs, with teamwork at the core. Now board members are feuding. Stark differences are emerging. And the newest board member, April Griffin (left), suggests it's time to change the way they do business.

SICK OF SITTING AROUND: Some Pasco board members want to start talking budget cuts, knowing the state is about to slash the district's income. The superintendent hasn't made recommendations yet, preferring to wait.

TOO GREAT A RISK: Children who need preschool most should not be expelled because of their behavior problems, researcher Anika Trancik writes in an op-ed. They need school and mental health support.

Pasco's teachers and administration reach a tentative agreement that next goes to a full vote. Hillsborough teachers got their bonuses Friday. The Gradebook has the list here, along with a lively reader conversation.

BREAKING UP WAS BAD TO DO: Florida's university system needs unified leadership under a single board again, or else it's doomed to more of the same, the Palm Beach Post editorializes.

TRAIN LATER: Duval teachers spent an average of about 5 days in training last year, with subs covering their classes. Citing tough budget times, the superintendent cuts funding for subs, allowing teachers just 2 training days.

A Manatee High senior finds herself in a dress code battle over her lime-green hair, the Bradenton Herald reports.

MORE FREE LUNCHES: A growing number of children in Sarasota, Manatee and Charlotte counties are qualifying for the federal meal program, the Herald-Tribune reports.

FRIDAYS MATTER: Colleges are starting to offer more classes on Fridays, fighting back against the trend where the weekend - and the drinking - has moved into Thursday night, the Boston Globe reports. One student's response: "Students will just skip or show up hungover."

Visit the Gradebook at noon for an interview with members of Congress George Miller and Kathy Castor, who speak about No Child Left Behind.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:22am]


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