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MORE STAR: Pinellas County teachers appear to be roundly rejecting performance pay, with just 99 voting for a board-approved plan after half the ballots were counted. Pasco County teachers vote Thursday - the deadline for submitting plans to the state - while the School Board will consider the deal on Wednesday. The Volusia County School Board, meanwhile, imposed a plan over teacher objections, the Orlando Sentinel reports. For more coverage of performance pay, click here.

BATTLE OVER MAGNETS: As Hernando County redraws attendance zones, some parents wonder whether magnet schools - which aren't affected by crowding because of enrollment caps - should shoulder the burden by accepting neighborhood children, too.

A PIECE OF HISTORY: Pinellas County plans to replace 81-year-old Safety Harbor Elementary within the coming five years. Community leaders, with fond memories, hope to save the school's auditorium.

The builder who so messed up a school building project that Citrus County changed its construction process is getting sued again because of the project.

Kids seem to do it all, all at once, even while working on their homework. But researchers wonder what effect this uber-multitasking is having on teens' abilities to analyze what they're learning, the Washington Post reports.

CONTROVERSIAL INCENTIVE: A Houston-area school district is offering to let students who pass the Texas version of FCAT, called TAKS, skip their final class exams - even if they're earning a D in class, the Houston Chronicle reports. One parent complains, "Who wants their kids going to a district who says a D is good enough for us?" Florida, meanwhile, is considering moving to statewide, standards-driven end-of-course exams.

NO MORE PRAISE: Think twice before you tell your kids how special they are, a San Diego State University researcher says. By the time they get to college, they're so egocentric that it could be harmful to American society. Here's the Associated Press story on the report.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:14am]


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