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Tb_pinbusdriver_450x300 NO TICKETS, NO PROBLEMS: For 32 years, Annie D. Hobson has driven kids around in the big yellow banana. She gives some insights into how she survived three decades as a Pinellas bus driver in this Q&A. Hillsborough driver Jon Cluff offers some safety tips, too. (Photo courtesy of the Pinellas School Board)

LATEST TAX PLAN: The Florida Senate releases its take-it-or-leave-it property tax reform plan. The Legislature must reach an accord today if it is to get a proposal on the Jan. 29 ballot.

NO JEANS, NO TONGUE STUDS: The principal of Stewart Middle in Zephyrhills takes enforcement of the school district's revised professional appearance policy seriously. Teachers don't appreciate his zeal, though, and file a grievance against him.

WHERE'S WARFORD? The former Florida K-12 chancellor is speaking to Kentucky reporters, playing up his Kentucky roots as he seeks to become that state's education commissioner. The Louisville Courier-Journal reports that Jim Warford is one of five finalists for the job.

MORE ABOUT THOSE FEES: Florida's colleges and universities soon could charge higher fees for technology upgrades. Students seem to support the idea, the Sun-Sentinel reports. Wonder who pays their bills, though.

DEALING WITH IT: Schools in South Florida, where voters pushed through the class-size reduction amendment, now are finding it difficult to meet the mark. So they're getting "creative" with their space, the Miami Herald reports.

STILL NO DEAL: Martin County teachers still don't have a contract for this year, the Stuart News reports. A federal mediator says the teachers and administration don't trust each other.

ENROLLMENT WOES: Leon School Board members worry they might have to close some schools as enrollment falls, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.

JUST WEAR NORMAL CLOTHES: First, Manatee High banned students from painting themselves team colors for football games, after two girls did it. Now, a high school in New York has banned Halloween costumes after three girls dressed as Captain Underpants, the AP reports. The principal said the girls looked nude.

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


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