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DOUBTS SURFACE: Just six weeks before they're supposed to vote, Pinellas School Board members are raising serious concerns about whether proposed student assignment plan changes are right for the district.

TOO LATE: School buses are regularly bringing children to seven Hillsborough middle schools well after classes begin, prompting the School Board to consider changing their starting times. The problem is that the district doesn't have enough drivers. Again.

CRUNCH TIME: Pasco's School Board and County Commission have just four months to hash out an agreement on school concurrency. Leaders from both sides say the other isn't willing to compromise enough.

HELPING THE GIFTED: The children with the highest IQ's aren't getting all the attention they deserve, the Hernando School Board says. So it's looking to create a new center or school that focuses on the gifted, and seeking other ideas, too.

FIXING FCAT: A panel of educators is recommending the state change the way it evaluates high school students' performance on the exam, saying the grading scale is unfair. It's just one of several steps the group is suggesting, as it takes full advantage of the state's review of the test in the wake of last year's scoring troubles.

THEY'RE BACK: Lawmakers return to session today to tackle the state's budget woes. By the numbers, education stands to take a hit, though perhaps not as big as originally expected.

NO FUN: Duval teachers tell their School Board that required paperwork, testing and lessons have taken the joy out of their jobs, the Florida Times-Union reports.

REVIEW DENIED: A Florida teacher loses her appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court over her 2003 firing from an Indiana school district, the Orlando Sentinel reports. The teacher says she was expressing her First Amendment rights by saying "I honk for peace" during a current events lesson; the district contended she was a bad teacher.

PAY THEM ALL: Palm Beach intends to participate in the state's teacher performance pay program, but its plan might not win approval because it calls for school-wide bonuses, rather than doling out the cash to individual teachers, the Palm Beach Post reports.

TWINS TOGETHER: A new Texas law lets parents - not school districts - decide if multiple-birth siblings attend classes together, the Dallas Morning News reports. Who knew this was an issue?

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


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