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READY FOR A VOTE: The Pinellas School Board has reworked its planned student assignment changes to a point where two votes will implement it. Here's a Q&A about what has happened up to now.

HERE WE GO AGAIN: Another Hillsborough teacher is arrested and charged with having sex with a student.

HAVE YOU HEARD? Rumors have already started about who will be uprooted as the Pasco school district draws attendance zones for two new schools. But the committee charged with doing the work doesn't even meet until next week.

NATIONAL SEARCH: Hernando superintendent Wayne Alexander breaks tradition as he decides to look outside the county for school principals, rather than stick with internal candidates.

SORORITY GONE WILD: A UF sorority trashes the Columbia restaurant in Ybor. The university and the sorority's national office are investigating. See what people are saying, and join the conversation, by clicking here.

TASE HIM, BRO: As the Gradebook reported yesterday, the FDLE cleared the UF cops who used a Taser to subdue a student at a John Kerry event. Here's the rest of the story, as promised.

SENATE STAYS HOME: Senators' refusal to return to Tallahassee puts property tax reform on hold.

SUPREME COURT ON THE CASE: Florida's high court agrees to consider the constitutionality of the Legislature's first property tax ballot initiative (the one with the super-homestead exemption), the Palm Beach Post reports.

HOW MUCH FOR COLLEGE? A bill awaiting Gov. Crist's signature includes tuition hikes, but also fee increases. The Orlando Sentinel provides a Q&A about what's in store for college costs.

DISTRICT BENDS: After claiming it, not the police department, should handle bomb threats, the Brevard school district allows police to sweep a school, Florida Today reports.

BEFORE YOU HIT THAT SEND BUTTON ... Think about what the e-mail says. A New York small district superintendent wishes she had. Now she's facing discipline, not to mention embarrassment, over her message to an assistant asking him to "Please go KILL these people," referring to some teachers, the NY Times reports.

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


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