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Tampa_ahard_2233044 DID YOU GO TO THE TEACH-IN? Lots of parents and community members did, telling kids about their jobs and hobbies. Students learned about sky diving, banking - heck, even journalism. More than 63,000 folks volunteered in Pinellas alone. If you didn't make it, think about it next year. (Times photo, Ken Helle)

UF and FSU team up to win $10-million in grants that will help them jointly recruit and train educators in the high-demand fields.

SHOULD MUSLIM GIRLS WEAR HIJABS AT SCHOOL? Even Muslim girls aren't of one mind on the topic.

NAME THAT SCHOOL: It's Hernando County's turn to choose new school names, and the recommendations have begun. They range from the serious - Jessica Lunsford Elementary - to the less so. Neverland, anyone?

NEW ENTRY IN PASCO RACE: Florida Turnpike spokeswoman Joanne Hurley, a retired teacher, announces her candidacy for Pasco School Board.

TOP EMPLOYEES: Hernando recognizes its school-related employees of the year tonight. Click here for the list of winners.

WHO'S IN CHARGE: A lawsuit over whether Florida lawmakers or the Board of Governors have the power to set tuition gets under way, the Lakeland Ledger reports.

DON'T TASE HIM, BRO: A school resource officer uses her stun gun to take down a student involved in a fight at a Brevard high school, Florida Today reports.

ANOTHER CHARTER CHALLENGE: Broward joins the growing list of districts ready to fight the state over who can authorize charter schools, the Sun-Sentinel reports.

TAX COLLECTIONS DOWN AGAIN: State economists reveal that revenue is down for a second straight year, and reduce their forecast for the coming year by $2.5-billion, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.

MONTHS AWAY: Martin teachers and the district declare impasse in contract talks, pushing resolution far into the future, the Palm Beach Post reports.

UNPOPULAR IN TEXAS, TOO: As in Florida, a majority of school districts in Texas have rejected that state's merit pay plan, the Dallas Morning News reports.

REVISING HEAD START: A bill to expand access to the preschool program and boost the teachers' qualifications is headed to President Bush's desk, the Washington Post reports.

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


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