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Tb_pepperspray_450_2 ONE WAY TO BREAK IT UP: Deputies use pepper spray to end a fourth-period fracas at Dunedin High. Paramedics then come out to treat all the kids who were overcome by the chemical. The Sheriff's Office says the deputies handled things properly. (Times photo, Douglas Clifford)

HE GETS HOW MUCH? Officers on the USF-St. Petersburg police force file a discrimination complaint after learning the chief paid a new hire nearly $7,000 above the advertised pay rate, and well above the amount his supervisor makes.

THANKS FOR THE TIP: A girl who reported the Middleton High teacher who's now been arrested for having sex with a teenage student got suspended for her effort. District officials defend the school's action, but the girl's mom, and a county commissioner, are demanding an investigation.

LOCKED OUT: Florida Atlantic University is installing locks on classroom doors so students and professors can keep threats outside, the Palm Beach Post reports.

ON THE LOOKOUT: Schools in Brevard County, as around the state and country, remain vigilant in preventing the latest virulent strain of staph, Florida Today reports. A Duval County school, meanwhile, is dealing with one case of the disease already, the Florida Times-Union reports.

AGREE, OR THE STATE WILL DO IT FOR YOU: Schools that received recognition money in Florida's A-Plus program have until Nov. 1 to decide how to spend the cash. It's not been easy for some Martin County schools, the Stuart News reports.

SO THEY'RE CLEARED: Many at the University of Florida take little comfort in the fact that the state said UF officers acted properly in stunning a student with a Taser last month, the Gainesville Sun reports.

SCIENCE? WHAT'S THAT? A California study reveals that elementary schools have cut back science education so much that it hardly could be called a core subject, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

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


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