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Pascoc_wiregra_2149992 LOGGING ON: Wiregrass Ranch High in Wesley Chapel adopts an "open campus" philosophy, welcoming students to bring their laptops to school and use them in class and in two wi-fi hotspots set up just for them. With kids increasingly tech-savvy, principal Ray Bonti figures it's better to ride the wave than stand in its way. (Times photo, Stephen J. Coddington)

WAKE-UP CALL: If school leaders haven't taken bullying seriously yet, maybe this story will clue them in. A family has won a $4-million in a lawsuit against the Hillel School of Tampa, which they claimed inadequately supervised bullying against their son.

HOUSE TAX PLAN: Republicans and Democrats in the Florida House agree to scale back education cuts as part of their property tax relief plan. Senators, meanwhile, look unlikely to adopt the latest proposal.

JUST DO IT: The Pinellas School Board might be getting cold feet, but it should move ahead with its pending new student attendance plan, the Times editorializes.

The Palm Beach school district doesn't have a written policy on which web sites to block for students. Officials have developed one now, after some people complained, the Palm Beach Post reports.

LEAVE IT TO THE PRINCIPALS: The Manatee School Board demurs on the issue of student dress at sporting events, saying it's a school-by-school decision, the Herald-Tribune reports. The issue came up after someone griped about two Manatee High girls who came to a game wearing bikini tops and body paint.

NO WAY: Lake County's top school district administrators wanted raises of nearly 10 percent, way more than what the teachers got. The School Board gave them 3 percent, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

IMPACT FEES: School districts throughout central Florida want developers to pay a lot more for the price of a new home - Seminole County is looking to quadruple its fee. But developers are urging delay, saying the change could cripple the already weak housing market, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

COLLEGE COSTS: Tuition and fees are rising across the country more than double the rate of tuition, the NY Times reports.

GOING FOR A STRIKE: No, not teachers. Would you believe the nation's fastest growing high school sport is bowling? That's what the Dallas Morning News reports.

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


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