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Tb_yomkippur_300 TO PLAY OR PRAY? Jewish students and educators face the dilemma of whether to participate in football and related activities tonight, or to attend religious services on the holiest day on the Jewish calendar, Yom Kippur. (Times photo, Brian Cassella)

NOT A NURSE: Jean Sciacovelli worked as a school nurse in Hernando for a year, though she didn't have a nursing license. She's been arrested. But another question remains: Why didn't the school district look up her name on the public state nursing registry?

SAFETY FIRST: The University of Florida would be wise to keep its campus police at the back of the room as it seeks to allow open debate in the aftermath of the recent Tasering at a John Kerry speech, the Times editorializes. Meanwhile, Tasering gets another jolt of attention in California, where officers used the weapon to subdue an autistic teen, the Associated Press reports.

BRINGING IN THE BIG GUNS: The University of Central Florida hires a budget consultant to the Florida House who has not only worked with Jeb Bush and Arnold Schwarzenegger, but helped UCF craft its medical school pitch. Will the consultant's influence help UCF escape a cut to its med school money?

 APPOINT THAT SUPERINTENDENT: The Marion County School Board will ask voters to let the board choose the district's chief executive, as all but about 150 districts do nationally, the Ocala Star-Banner reports. It's nothing against the current superintendent, they say. Just, you can't be lucky enough to get a qualified person every time when the only requirement is being a registered voter who resides within the county lines.

INTERNAL AUDITOR WANTED: A Duval School Board member suggests the district hire someone to oversee it is spending money wisely. Part of the concern arose after the board learned that its appointed superintendent had financial problems in the job he held before he came to Florida, the Florida Times-Union reports.

THEY'LL RECONSIDER: The Florida Supreme Court could have rejected appeals to rehear its ruling on how school districts and governments issue bonds. But it has scheduled oral arguments for Oct. 9, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.

EXPANDING LANGUAGE OPTIONS: Central Florida school districts increasingly are offering more varied language instruction, including Arabic, Russian and Chinese to help students better prepare for global competition, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

YUCK: A Miami high school closes its cafeteria kitchen after rodents are discovered rummaging around, the Miami Herald reports.

JUST SAYING NO TO ABSTINENCE: The State of New York rejects federal funding for abstinence-only sex education, saying it doesn't want to perpetuate the failed national policy, the NY Times reports.

LAPEL PINS DON'T GET IN THE WAY: It's okay for students to wear buttons depicting Hitler Youth to show their displeasure with their school's uniform policy, the Associated Press reports. They can't, however, distribute buttons to others. That would be distracting.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:23am]


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