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RULES REVISED: The Hillsborough school district has changed its controversial policy of suspending students pending a conference with their parents. The policy, which had no written procedures, gained attention after it was used on a student who had tried to alert administrators that a teacher was having sex with her friend.

A WIN FOR MOM: Winning the Hillsborough math bowl had personal implications for Middleton High student Michael Rodeman.

REAL ESTATE DEGREES: The real estate market is tanking. Agents have little work these days. Expecting them to seek additional education, USF sets up two master's level real estate programs to help them out.

IN MOURNING: Land O'Lakes High remembers two classmates who died in a car crash the day before.

APPROACHING IMPASSE: Hernando teachers and the district administration seemed close to contract terms, until they started talking about how to parcel out the money.

MONEY FIGHT: The Palm Beach school district is challenging an arbitrator's decision to award some teachers back pay the district says they don't deserve, the Sun-Sentinel reports.

REJECTED: The Department of Education rejects St. Lucie County's performance pay plan, the Palm Beach Post reports.

HELPING HAND: The Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce asks lawmakers to help the Collier School Board give bigger raises to its teachers, the Naples Daily News reports. The teachers union, which has been protesting the 1 percent raise offer, says thanks.

IN DEMAND: The Polk school district keeps losing information technology specialists to the private sector, which pays better, the Lakeland Ledger reports.

SEEKING SAFER STOPS: The St. Lucie school district and other area governments reach some agreements on how to protect kids at bus stops, the Stuart News reports.

INVESTIGATION RARE: The U.S. Attorney's Office won't say much about its review of grade tampering at FAMU, except that it doesn't do this kind of thing too often, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.

CUTS ARE COMING: Broward lawmakers warn school officials that the Legislature is likely to cut education funding even if voters approve property tax reductions in January, the Miami Herald reports. "Anybody that has told you the legislature will make up this shortfall is lying,'' Senate Minority Leader Steve Geller said.

THINK FLORIDA HAS FINANCIAL WOES? The Maryland Assembly takes action that makes new school construction all but impossible, the Washington Post reports.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:28am]


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