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ANOTHER MOM BOARDS THE BUS: Maybe there's something in the water around here that has parents climbing onto school buses to pick fights with others' kids. But it happened again, this time in St. Petersburg, where a mom climbed aboard and slapped a boy for punching her son. It's called trespassing and battery, folks.

Tb_pinblack_450 SEGREGATION? SO WHAT?
Black parents have remained mum as the Pinellas school district crafts a new student assignment plan that cuts racial and socioeconomic diversity. District leaders say they're abiding parent wishes to send their children closer to home. (Times photo, Cherie Diez)

USF MOURNS: Sophomore Rachel Futterman died just two days after coming down with flu-like symptoms. Now the school is remembering her life, and scrambling to deal with bacterial meningitis, which claimed it.

GOOD ADVICE: Fed chairman Ben Bernanke tells folks seeking investment advice to put their money into education, the AP reports. It benefits you individually while also helping the economy. And you were thinking Google stock.

DO THEY HAVE TO DO IT? Pasco teachers and district administrators ask the Public Employees Relations Commission to decide whether the superintendent can require workers to be on-call to staff emergency shelters, even during their days off, without negotiating it first.

"MISLEADING AND CONFUSING": A judge says Florida's pending referendum for a super homestead exemption, which many school district leaders worry could gut education, doesn't meet constitutional muster. His ruling might not last long, though.

MORE SEX ED CHANGES: Broward is set to become the next Florida school district to expand its AIDS/HIV curriculum, the Sun-Sentinel reports.

ELECTED CHAIRMAN: Most school boards pick their own leader from their membership. Orange County is thinking about letting the people decide, the Orlando Sentinel education blog reports.

UNFUNDED MANDATE: Gadsden County is doing what it can to improve its two F-rated schools, but no thanks to the state, which has not put any money into the effort, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.

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


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