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HARASSED? MAYBE NOT: Remember the reports of a Muslim girl who accused her Azalea Middle classmate of ripping off her hijab and threatening her? St. Petersburg police say they can find no evidence to back her story.

NAGGING QUESTIONS: The Pinellas School Board decides it needs one more workshop to hash out the final details of a student assignment plan before approving it.

HONORED: Peggy Pearson, principal of Mount Vernon Elementary in St. Petersburg, gets special treatment after winning the Leonard Miller Principal Leadership Award from the Council for Educational Change.

The former band director of Plant High in Tampa is ousted after sending more than unwanted 500 text messages to a student. Also in this story - the Hillsborough School Board names Jennifer Faliero its new chairwoman.

DEAL FOR PASCO TEACHERS, SCHOOL EMPLOYEES: Their goal was to get their raises before the winter holidays. A deal struck late Monday might let that happen. But some have concerns that, for the first time in years, the district's pay won't compare well with surrounding counties.

NO DEAL ON PASCO CONCURRENCY: The Pasco School Board and County Commission set up a high-level meeting between its chairmen to hash out an agreement on which entity should pay for road improvements outside new schools. They made little progress.

TIMES EDITORIALS: FSU retention plan pays off in diplomas; Help schools, even at cost of diversity (Pinellas schools)

EVOLUTION DEBATE: Several Polk School Board members say they don't support the state's proposed science standards, which include evolution as a "big idea." The public pushes back during a board meeting, the Lakeland Ledger reports.

LESSONS LEARNED: The Florida Department of Education has put out a report reflecting on the pros and cons of the FCAT over five years, the Sun-Sentinel reports.

SCHOOL USE FOR HISTORIC SITE? Leon County superintendent Jackie Pons has asked Gov. Crist to  help the school district take over a state government building and make it a downtown school, the Tallahassee Democrat reports. Maybe the kids will become government majors?

SUSPENDED FOR E-MAIL: Here's yet another example of how words on the web never die. A Duval school administrator gets a two-day suspension for sending inappropriate e-mails on the district server, the Florida Times-Union reports.

ANOTHER CUT? News that the state faces a worse revenue shortfall than originally expected has Lee County school officials preparing for a mid-year funding cut, the Fort Myers News-Press reports. No doubt other districts won't be far behind.

LOOKING AT IMPACT FEES: The Lake County School Board wants to raise impact fees on new homes, the Orlando Sentinel reports. The County Commission, which must approve the increase, isn't saying what it will do.

CHARTER CHALLENGE: Count Miami-Dade in the effort to fight for the right to exclusive authority over charter schools, the Miami Herald reports.

BREVARD TEACHERS ACCEPT CONTRACT: The union approves a 4.5 percent pay raise, Florida Today reports.

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


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