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THE POLICE WILL STAY: After months of uncertainty, leaders from the City of Clearwater and the Pinellas school district reach an agreement to keep deputies in the schools within the city.

Hernand_getting_2058914 BAIT AND SWITCH? Nature Coast High in Brooksville offers comprehensive education with a vocational emphasis. But some Hernando school and business leaders are debating if it's the technical and career education center they thought they voted for with a sales tax referendum. (Times photo, Ron Thompson)

DENIED: The Pinellas district's efforts to expand its magnet school program into Clearwater fails, as the district doesn't win a federal grant to support the idea.

BUY THOSE BONDS: School districts may continue to issue certificates of participation without voter approval, as the Florida Supreme Court revises its opinion on government bonding.

MAJOR OVERHAUL: The Pasco School Board begins a complete revision of its policies this week, hoping to make its rules more clear and consistent.

WHAT HAPPENED?
A Palm Beach high school teacher remained on the job while being investigated for having inappropriate relations with students. Now the superintendent is calling for a review of how the district handled the case, the Sun-Sentinel reports.

KIDS CABINET: Florida's Children and Youth Cabinet had its inaugural meeting Monday, where members talked about a variety of issues including zero-tolerance policies at schools, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.

NO MAP? NO PROBLEM: It won't matter much if the state cuts the $147-million teacher performance pay program. Only about a third of Florida districts have joined it, anyway, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

ELEMENTARY ENGINEERING: Students as young as 6 are working on engineering and building projects - they use things like Legos, of course - as schools try to motivate them in the field, the Lakeland Ledger reports.

MAKING GAINS: Florida A&M officials tell lawmakers that they're moving ahead in repairing the school's finances and programs, but the lawmakers remain skeptical, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.

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

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