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BLESS YOU: Yesterday the Gradebook told you about the group of teachers at Brooksville Elementary School that anointed children's desks with holy oil before the FCAT writing test began. (Click here to see that posting and participate in the lively commentary.) Click here to read a fuller account of the story.

MORE STAR: While most Florida districts were voting their teacher performance pay plans up or down, Pasco County continued negotiating, making it unclear whether it could meet the March 1 deadline to claim its $3.5-million in bonuses. Miami-Dade teachers, meanwhile, accepted their plan, the Miami Herald reports.

SHE CAN'T HEAR YOU: But that didn't mean Merrie Paul didn't deserve to take a motorcycle safety course in Hillsborough County schools. The school district didn't provide an interpreter, and now it's settled a lawsuit contending that it violated the Americans With Disabilities Act.

NO DEAL: The Pasco County school district's race to build more schools to cope with growth hit a road block when county government officials rejected a location where the district wants to build. The problem: adequate roads around the site. The school district plans to fight.

PLAY FAIR: State Rep. Marcelo Llorente , a former college baseball player, wants to randomly check high school athletes for steroid use. He's failed twice but has again filed a bill that would require the testing, the Associated Press reports.

STUDENTS HAVE RIGHTS: And they don't give them up when they enter their schools, the New Jersey Supreme Court unanimously ruled in a case where a gay student alleged discrimination and harassment while in class, the New York Times reports.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:14am]


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