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Ringphone MATH HOTLINE HURTING: A 14-year-old homework hotline where Hillsborough teachers have given callers individual math help might close because it doesn't have enough money. The hotline's math "guru," Hanna G. Hanna, talked with the Times about math education these days.

TEACHER TALKS: Pasco teachers and support personnel can't remember the last time they've gone this far into the school year without a contract agreement. They're asking for a one-time bonus, totaling $7.5-million, in addition to raises as a salve. Generally speaking, teachers raises around Florida are smaller than usual as the state deals with tight finances, the Herald-Tribune reports. Collier teachers reject a 1 percent bonus and appear headed to impasse, the Naples Daily News reports.

WHEN TO TEST? Hillsborough schools have given first semester exams before the winter break for several years. That might change in 2009, though, if the district calendar committee has its way.

CODE YELLOW: Broward schools implemented their first-ever lockdown of all schools this week as the Sheriff's Office conducted a manhunt for a cop killer, the Sun-Sentinel reports.

OK TO FIRE: A Broward teacher, suspended without pay three years ago, appealed the School Board's move to fire him. The board finally gets a judge's approval to dismiss the man, the Miami Herald reports.

UNDER FIRE: A Sarasota elementary school gets blasted by radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh over the school's planned Veterans Day observance, the Herald-Tribune reports.

FOLLOW THE STUDENTS: Puerto Rican universities are starting to recruit in central Florida, where many families from Puerto Rico have relocated, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

CHANGING THE SCHEDULE - AGAIN: The Collier school district is considering a third change in three years to the high school schedule, as it tries to save some money, the Naples Daily News reports.

MONEY DISAPPEARS: If you thought missing cash from a few Pasco high schools was bad, check this out - the Washington Post uncovers a pervasive problem with a failure to protect student activity funds in D.C. public schools. Also, a Palm Beach high school worker admits to stealing about $2,200 from the school's soda machines to cover personal financial problems, the Palm Beach Post reports.

SCHOOL FOR SALE? Denver Public Schools are considering the closure of eight schools. A private school company has toured at least one, angering parents who want to keep the school open, the Rocky Mountain News reports.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:26am]


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