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ASSIGNMENT AGREEMENT: The Pinellas School Board compromises on student attendance zones, opting to move to neighborhood schools but letting families choose to stay where they are until they finish that school.

READING IS READING: Marla Spellman, like so many other reading teachers, often faces a rough crowd when she's trying to bring kids' reading skills up to grade level. The Pasco County teacher likes to lighten things up with comic strips and comic books.

ILL EFFECT ON SCHOOLS? The property tax plan moving through Florida's Legislature could hurt the state's schools so much that it might endanger its chances of passing, our sister politics blog the Buzz reports.

STRUGGLING FOR SPACE: Broward school officials decide to add 60 new classrooms to Weston-area schools, as they try to relieve Cypress Bay High, one of Florida's most crowded schools, the Sun-Sentinel reports.

NO NIGHT GAMES: Raines High in Jacksonville has seen so much violence outside the campus during football games that Duval officials have rescheduled all the school's night games for Friday afternoons, the Florida Times-Union reports.

HIGHEST IN THE STATE: Orange County imposes Florida's highest school impact fees, the Orlando Sentinel reports. Seminole County, meanwhile, nearly quadruples its fee but remains the one of the state's lowest.

RESTRUCTURING TEAMS: Palm Beach superintendent Art Johnson names a group of top former educators to help turn around 26 schools in need of improvement, the Palm Beach Post reports.

DEAL CLOSE: Leon County teachers would get raises on average of 3.9 percent in an agreement the board approved, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.

WHO'S IN CHARGE? The Brevard school district and West Melbourne police department dispute who takes control during school bomb threats, Florida Today reports.

SEND THEM TO COLLEGE: A study of dual-enrollment programs in Florida and New York shows that students in them were more likely to complete high school than drop out, the NY Times reports. So New York is looking at putting even more at-risk students into the program.

COLORADO TUITION FIX: Some Colorado lawmakers are trying to find ways to keep college affordable while still allowing tuition rates to rise. Their latest proposal is to offer students fixed rates for a four-year degree, much like a fixed-rate mortgage, the Rocky Mountain News reports.

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


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