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LET US IN: Recruiters from some prestigious universities, including Harvard, have complained that the Pinellas School Board has limited their recruiting time to before and after school and during lunch.

EXPANSION HALTED: Hillsborough officials cancel new wings at seven campuses, as enrollment plateaus.

With kids ensconced in the Web, schools should teach students how to be proper cyber citizens, USF researchers Ilene and Michael Berson write in an op-ed piece.

REAL NEIGHBORHOOD SCHOOLS: The Pinellas School Board should abandon the thought of letting kids stay put even as the district moves back toward neighborhood attendance zones, the Times editorializes. Spend the money on classrooms, not buses.

PRICE TAG RISING: Broward is still fixing its school district admin building nearly two years after Hurricane Wilma. Officials say they need another $1.5-million to complete the project, which already has cost $12.5-million, the Miami Herald reports.

TEACHERS GET STEP RAISES: Collier teachers complained when their new superintendent hired two high-priced assistants while the district held back their annual raises based on years of experience. Now the district has relented, releasing the teacher pay, the Naples Daily News reports.

CHARTER CONTRACTS: The Palm Beach school district has 36 charter schools, and 35 different contracts to guide their operation. Now, the district wants to change that, to have a single set of rules, the Sun-Sentinel reports.

THEY STILL DON'T LIKE PERFORMANCE PAY: Even after Florida lawmakers changed the teacher performance pay law, many teachers remain opposed, the AP reports. Here's a list of the districts that already have rejected the program.

TEXAS TEACHERS HAVE PROBLEMS WITH IT, TOO: Houston's controversial teacher bonus program gets an overhaul as the issue gains national attention, Education Week reports. The teachers union president praises the changes, saying, "It's one of the few programs we've ever had that couldn't have gotten worse."

GADGET GUIDELINES: Hoping for better control of kids and their technology, a Seattle area high school has students and parents sign an agreement before any personal electronic devices are allowed on campus, the Seattle Times reports.

Visit the Gradebook at 9:30 a.m. for the sixth of seven profiles on the candidates for Florida education commissioner. Today, it's retired Hillsborough superintendent Earl Lennard. Then, come back at noon for an interview with Olga Swinson, secretary of the Florida School Finance Officers Association, who talks about the court ruling that could change the way schools borrow money for construction.

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


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