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CROSSING THE LINE? Pinellas superintendent Clayton Wilcox suggests that some board members might be micromanaging in their discussions of a new writing program contract. Board members, not surprisingly, beg to differ.

Sophie Brzezinski always wanted to finish high school. But World War II, then children, then an ailing husband, and then grandchildren took precedence. Now, at 83, she's finally made it, completing Pinellas County's adult ed program.

Images IPOD SHUFFLE: A Gulf High student and her assistant principal fight over her iPod, which she wasn't supposed to have out. The girl gets suspended, and the administrator gets investigated over how he handled the situation.

$1.3-BILLION: The Pasco School Board approves its budget, which is slightly smaller than a year ago. (School districts all over the state are signing off on budgets this week, all noting the plans could change once lawmakers cut spending at the state level. The stories are generally similar, so we're not linking to them all. Just ours.)

TEACH, DON'T PREACH: The Ben Gamla charter school in Broward wins approval to re-start its Hebrew curriculum, with a warning that it can offer lessons about Judaism but it can't advocate the religion, the AP reports. To see the Sun-Sentinel version, click here.

LET THE STATE DO IT: Brevard County gives up its oversight of charter schools to the Florida Schools of Excellence Commission, after a year spent struggling with its eight charters, Florida Today reports.

The state's new pilot program to test student athletes for steroids is misguided, the Tallahassee Democrat editorializes. Meanwhile, some complain that the pilot program, with only $100,000 in funding, doesn't go far enough, Florida Today reports.

Ii_a_216p YUCK? OR ART? Kids in a Dallas school learn to paint with maggots, the Dallas Morning News reports. Believe it or not, it's a growing trend to combine science and art. But do you put the finished product on the refrigerator? (Check out the story. It includes pictures and videos.)

Visit the Gradebook at 9:30 a.m. for the third of seven profiles of the candidates for education commissioner. Today, it's Eric J. Smith, a senior vice president at the College Board.

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


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