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'BUREAUCRATIC QUAGMIRE': A new take on an old fire safety law has some Hillsborough schools scrambling to meet a code they had been told years ago they met.

STAYING PUT: USF-St. Petersburg regional chancellor Karen White has withdrawn her name from consideration for president of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.

PASCO PLANNING: The Pasco School Board is working on its first-ever strategic plan, and now it's seeking public input on the concepts.

NOT THAT SIMPLE: Okeechobee school district lawyers say a lawsuit over whether the Gay-Straight Alliance can meet in the district's schools could go away if the club would just change its name, the Palm Beach Post reports. Club members have rejected that idea, saying the suit is about their rights, not the name.

INSULTED: More 300 Collier teachers protest their School Board's offer of a 1 percent raise plus salary steps for years of service, the Naples Daily News reports.

WHETHER TO PRAY: A Collier County pastor suggests that School Board meetings are not the place for prayer, and the Collier board should consider a moment of silence rather than an invocation. The board does not agree, the Naples Daily News reports.

BULLYING: For the first time, Florida schools are collecting data on bullying. Then they're trying to figure out what to do about it, the Miami Herald reports.

FALSIFIED GRADES: Florida A&M officials acknowledge they're investigating several instances of unauthorized grade changes, the Tallahassee Democrat reports. Criminal prosecution could result.

DUMPING BAD TEACHERS: NY Mayor Bloomberg is bringing in lawyers and consultants to help principals create cases against tenured teachers who they think are not able to do the job, the NY Times reports.

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


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