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NO DAYS OFF FOR RELIGIOUS HOLIDAYS: But Hillsborough County schools will continue to give students a day off to attend the State Fair. Says board member Candy Olson: "I think this calendar tiptoes us into the 20th century." Last year, the board adopted a calendar without religious holidays but reversed itself amid a community uproar. Students still can take holidays off without penalty under a district policy. To participate in the conversation, click here.

KEEP YOUR $6.1-MILLION: The Pinellas School Board joins forces with its teacher union to reject Florida's Special Teachers Are Rewarded performance pay program, calling the law and its implementation flawed. Broward County did the same thing, deciding to ignore the deadline hoping lawmakers will change the law, the Sun-Sentinel reports. Pasco County's School Board decides today, and so, too, does Palm Beach County, the Sun-Sentinel also reports. For more on performance pay, click here.

PASCO SUPERINTENDENT TO STAY: She was one of the first rumored to want the education commissioner's job. Now Heather Fiorentino is among the first to pull her name out of contention.

BAKE SALE WITH A PURPOSE: Pre-k and kindergarten students at a Pasco County Catholic school learn about money as they raise some for an enclosed cafeteria for their school.

RUN, KID, RUN: State Rep. Will Weatherford has filed a bill to require all elementary school children to have at least 150 minutes of weekly exercise while at school. To read more and to comment, click here.

LONGER DAYS, LONGER WALKS: The Hillsborough School Board approves a plan to extend the class day at high schools. Seeing as the plan is to give buses more time to get from place to place, of course it also will extend the distance between bus stops, too.

A NEW WAY TO DISCIPLINE: Los Angeles public schools adopt a "holistic" discipline policy that emphasizes intervention, the LA Times reports. Who's next?

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


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