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PTA RUNS AFOUL OF EBAY: The Deer Park Elementary PTA mom thought she would make fund raising easy for the school by running an auction on eBay. But the online company shut the effort down after the mom bid on one of the items - an eBay no-no, it turns out.

SCIENCE STANDARDS GET ENDORSEMENT: Experts who panned Florida's current science curriculum say the state has done much better with its proposed revisions.

CHECKMATE: The chess team from Wimauma Elementary - a poor school filled with many English learners - bests the rich kids with personal coaches.

MERIT PAY REJECTED: The state Education Department says Hernando's teacher performance pay plan doesn't meet the mark. Teachers and district officials cheer.

WITHDRAWALS SUSPENDED: The governor, CFO and attorney general stop local governments and school boards from taking their money out of a state-run investment pool, at least until Tuesday. The governments had been pulling out their cash because of fears that the account had defaulted debt in it.

WHEN THEY SAY COMPULSORY, THEY MEAN IT: Putnam County gets serious about truancy, filing misdemeanor charges against six parents of kids who chronically miss school, the Palatka Daily News reports.

COPS WANT RAISES, TOO: The Palm Beach school district police have begun contract negotiations. The district is suggesting they get performance pay, which is about as popular as teacher performance pay, the Sun-Sentinel reports.

FINALLY, AN A: Hollywood Hills Elementary in Broward proves to the state that it deserved an A grade, and not an incomplete, the Miami Herald reports.

JUST WAIT: For years, Martin County schools boomed with growth and its school boundary committee found  itself embroiled in battle after battle. Now the committee suggests just sitting back and letting shrinking enrollment ease the crowding instead, the Palm Beach Post reports.

THAT'S SOME BONUS: UF trustees approve $285,000 in performance bonuses for president Bernie Machen, the Lakeland Ledger reports.

EVOLUTION POLITICS: Texas' science curriculum director says she was forced out of her job for criticizing the teaching of intelligent design, the AP reports.

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