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Tb_teachers_450x300 NATIONAL CERTIFICATION: As Florida celebrates strong growth in the number of teachers gaining the respected measure of good teaching, the bonus system that supports it is coming under scrutiny. Read also about what three Pasco teachers have to say about why they sought the certification. (Times photo of Pinellas teacher Lisa Wimmers, James Borchuck)

NO ROOM TO CHOOSE: Pinellas school officials have hit a snag in their proposed new school assignment plan - not enough seats in some schools if everyone chooses to attend closest to home.

THANKS FOR THE THOUGHT, BUT ... Pasco School Board members express doubts about a plan to build affordable housing for district employees.

OPEN, BUT RESTRICTED: The state reopens its municipal investment pool on a limited basis, allowing school districts and other local governments some access to their cash but also changing some of the rules for the fund. The changes don't please everyone. The state had frozen the fund after may governments yanked their investments amid concern about the stability of the investments.

HIGHER ED AUDITS: Auditors have found 21 problems in an operational audit of the University of Florida. That's fewer than in past years. Meanwhile, auditors say FAMU looks to have made progress on fixing most of its financial problems.

TALK TO US: State representatives Will Weatherford and John Legg, both poised for top leadership positions in coming years, ask Pasco school leaders for guidance on education issues. "The influence of Pasco will continue to grow," Legg told the group.

TIME OFF FOR DOMESTIC VIOLENCE VICTIMS: The Palm Beach school district is considering whether to let workers take paid or unpaid leave to get counseling, go to court or deal with injuries, the Palm Beach Post reports.

NO SAY FOR VOTERS: Miami-Dade county commissioners approve a $10-million gift for Florida International's new medical school, using money from a voter-approved bond. The project was not on the list, the Miami Herald reports.

RALLYING THE TROOPS: FEA president Andy Ford heads to Collier County to support teachers' contract protest, the Naples Daily News reports.

GIVE IT BACK: The Polk School Board sues a former school secretary for the return of about $75,000 in improper overtime payments and missing school funds, the Lakeland Ledger reports.

WOULD YOU ANSWER? College applicants increasingly face application questions like, Have they ever been convicted of a crime, as campus leaders seek to weed out the person who might be the next Virginia Tech shooter. There are many critics, the LA Times reports.

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


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