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Tb_hernature_450 WE NEED WORKERS: Responding to the rising demand for construction trades workers, Hernando's Nature Coast High plans to add offerings in these fields. Some board members have complained that Nature Coast has strayed from its mission to be a vocational school. (Times photo, Ron Thompson)

ATTORNEY SKIRMISH: The Pinellas School Board argues, then splits as it narrowly decides to extend its lawyer's contract for another year.

NOT A FAILURE: Just because math isn't taught the same way it was when you were in school, that doesn't mean the curriculum is bad. That's the message from experts who weighed in on Hillsborough's Voyages curriculum, which has come under fire lately.

IN THE BANK: Pasco's board land banks 30 acres for a future high school. It also refuses to reinstate a high school football player who's been banned from the team while awaiting trial on robbery and battery charges.

NO AGREEMENT: Florida lawmakers can't find common ground as they seek a property tax relief plan.

CHECK AGAIN: Broward begins reinspecting about 500 classrooms built over the past four years, after learning the rooms weren't  inspected to begin with. But now some worry  about the project because the  firm originally hired to do the job is part of the new effort, the Sun-Sentinel reports.

NO MORE KIDS: Cypress Bay High in Weston has been one of Florida's biggest high schools for years, currently enrolling more than 5,500 kids on the campus built for 3,400. Enough, says the Broward School Board, which will send anyone else who comes to enroll to a different school, the Sun-Sentinel reports.

WELL, THAT DIDN'T TAKE LONG: Duval's School Board abruptly fired superintendent Joseph Wise, shortly after a couple of highly charged disputes, the Florida Times-Union reports. He had been with the district about two years. The paper also offered a short bio on the district's new interim superintendent, Ed Pratt-Dannals.

RAIDED: Federal agents raid two  Florida Career College campuses in Broward County, but won't say why, Miami CBS 4 reports. Here's more from the Miami Herald.

LET THE PUBLIC DECIDE: Osceola County voters will choose whether their School Board will have single-member districts, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

EXCLUSIVE AUTHORITY: The State Board rejects most districts' request to have sole jurisdiction over charter schools within their boundaries. Now the FSBA will reconsider filing suit challenging the law that gives the state any authority over charters, the Palm Beach Post reports.

WARNING: Martin County schools warn staff and students to watch their hygiene practices, as the national staph infection outbreak pops up in three high schools, the Palm Beach Post reports.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:24am]


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