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FORGET ABOUT IT: Hernando school and union officials, who adopted a performance pay plan about a month ago, are talking about dropping it as too expensive to carry out.

Cell_phone CELL PHONE ABUSE: Even with bans in schools, it's tough to stop kids from using them to cheat on tests, harass fellow students and access the Internet during class, the Sun-Sentinel reports. Schools across the Treasure Coast are dealing with high-tech cheating, too, the Stuart News reports.

GIVE VOTERS A CHANCE: A petition drive could do what the Orange School Board would not - let voters decide whether the Board chairman should be elected. The district could use such leadership, the Orlando Sentinel editorializes.

ARE THEY FLUENT? A Delray Beach lawmaker wants the state to test teachers of Italian, Chinese, Hebrew and other languages of Florida's trade partners to make sure they're qualified to teach the languages, the Palm Beach Post reports.

CHARTER CHALLENGE: The Florida School Boards Association gathers today to consider challenging the state's creation of a state-run charter school authorizer, the Miami Herald reports.

WHAT GOES UP ... School districts are finding that the cost of school construction is going down, as the housing boom cools, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

NCLB STALLED: Efforts to revise the No Child Left Behind Act aren't moving ahead, the LA Times reports. The bipartisan support for the education reforms has vanished, the Washington Post reports.

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


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