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NO PLAN: Lawmakers can't reach agreement on property tax relief, with much of the concern centering on the financial pinch schools would find themselves in under most proposals.

NO SEX? A Christian ministry that pushes abstinence-only seeks entry to the Pasco school system, which to this point has supported a sex-ed curriculum that includes birth control.

Tb_hercrimestop_300 NO MERCY: Chocachatti Elementary's CrimeStoppers are kids on a mission. Armed with bright orange hats and pads of tickets, the Hernando County kids can cite fellow students for a variety of offenses. (Times photo, Paulette Lash Ritchie)

NO MOLD: Westchase Elementary has been plagued with environmental issues since it went up in 1999. But the moisture found in a classroom at the northwest Hillsborough school was condensation, not mold, according to a new report.

HERNANDO NOTES: School Board chairman Pat Fagan, who has already announced his reelection big, gets a challenger. And the board has sent to the state the case of a Hernando High teacher accused of nicking $75 from a student.

LIVE HERE: Hoping to shed its commuter school image, USF-Tampa wants to require all freshmen who come from outside the area to live on campus.

ANOTHER DAY, ANOTHER RAID: Federal authorities raided a third technical college in Broward, the Sun-Sentinel reports. They still won't say what they're looking for.

EXCLUSIVE AUTHORITY CHALLENGE COMING? The Sun-Sentinel weighs in with its report on school districts, charter schools and the Florida Schools of Excellence. "The state Constitution gives local school boards the authority to operate, control and supervise all public schools within their district," FSBA exec director Wayne Blanton tells the paper.

WE'RE NO. 1! Brevard County leads the state in the number of students earning college credits, Florida Today reports. The superintendent wants to keep growing the program.

SOME DEAL: Duval's board agrees to pay fired superintendent Joseph Wise a full year's salary - $275,000 - plus cover his benefits, pay his unused leave and give him any performance bonuses in his contract, in exchange for his promise not to sue, the Florida Times-Union reports.

Kids love using the new technology, and teachers do, too, the Miami Herald reports about the growing classroom trend.

DETERRENT? OR MONEY-MAKER? A new study questions the value of drug testing for high school athletes, saying it doesn't work but it does look lucrative for those who run the system, the NY Times reports.

SPEAKING OF PILLS: A Portland, Maine, middle school will offer birth control pills and patches to its students under a plan approved Wednesday, the AP reports.

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