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WILCOX TO INVESTIGATE: The Pinellas superintendent says he will look into what happened to a Muslim middle school student who says she was harassed at school, and also into how the district reacted.

Tb_resegregate_3001 THE UPSIDE OF INTEGRATION: High school students say they enjoy the diversity of the kids around them, and worry about attendance plans like the one coming to Pinellas schools that would lead to greater segregation. (Times photo, Dirk Shadd)

GETTING CLOSER: Hernando teachers and the school district are nearing a contract agreement. Martin County teacher negotiations have stalled over salaries, the Palm Beach Post reports.

OUT OF THE CLASSROOM: Hernando middle school teacher Jesse T. Mockler is no longer teaching, after being arrested for DUI and drug trafficking over the weekend.

TOP OF THE CLASS: Pinellas - A great band, by any measure (St. Petersburg HS); Pasco - Where character fits like a hand in a glove (W. Zephyrhills Elementary), Being a role model the chance of a lifetime (column), Breaking down bullying (Hudson Middle), Girls can take steps to stamp out bullying (guest column), First prize: Visit from a Buc (Locke Elementary)

FAR BEHIND: A new report shows Florida students lag behind their international counterparts in math and science achievement. Many districts are trying to do something about it, the Vero Beach Press-Journal reports.

FIRED: The Manatee School Board upholds the superintendent's dismissal of two teachers accused of not cooperating with district investigators, the Bradenton Herald reports.

DO SOMETHING: A group of Florida Atlantic students are demanding their university leaders further discipline an employee who spat on a Muslim student protesting a campus speech late last month, the Sun-Sentinel reports.

RECORDS SPAT CONTINUES: The Palm Beach Post and the county school district continue to work toward the release of employee records the paper says the district illegally withheld, the Post reports.

SAFETY FIRST: The city of Port St. Lucie is ready to ban school bus stops on busy roads without sidewalks, the Palm Beach Post reports.

SCHOOLS COST LESS: The price tag for a new school is dropping, the Sarasota Herald-Tribune reports.

GHOST BUSTER: The Dallas, Texas, school district's new internal auditor pledges to either root out the phantom employees who draw a salary even though they don't work there, or disprove the rumor that they're on the payroll once and for all, the Dallas Morning News reports.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:27am]


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