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TRYING TO FIX THE PLAN: The Pinellas School Board asks for a change in its proposed student assignment plan that might force superintendent Clayton Wilcox to delay implementation. Wilcox says he hopes to work out the details before a workshop next week. But some critics contend delay is best.

Georgesteinbrenner01 WILL THEY BE THE YANKEES, TOO? The Hillsborough School Board names a new high school after George Steinbrenner (left). Also, check out the end of this story for an interesting spat between board chair Jennifer Faliero and a community gadfly perhaps best known for publicly asking Charlie Crist if he's gay.

NO MORE LOGOS: Florida and New York reach a settlement with a Clearwater-based student loan company in which the firm, Student Financial Services, must stop using schools' team logos to imply the schools have endorsed the company's lending programs.

SIX MORE MONTHS: The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools extends FAMU's accreditation probation for another half a year.

SNOW IN THE STAIRWELL: Rushe Middle in Land O'Lakes teaches kids - and their parents - about the science of winter with "snowball" fights and sno-cones, too.

KEEP THE BONUS: Florida lawmakers should not cut or eliminate the incentive of extra pay for teachers who get National Board certification just because one of their colleagues came up with the idea, the Times editorializes.

STAY PUT: The Lake School Board takes steps to make it harder for student-athletes to school hop, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

TEACHING ABOUT AIDS: The St. Lucie School Board approves a new sex ed curriculum that had generated protests and complaints, the Palm Beach Post reports.

NO CLEMENTE HIGH: The Brevard School Board refuses to name a new high school after baseball great Roberto Clemente after residents complain, Florida Today reports.

$1-MILLION TO REOPEN: The operator of a charter school that the Palm Beach school district seized amid financial concerns seeks a $1-million settlement to reopen, the Sun-Sentinel reports. A court has cleared the operators of any wrongdoing.

JUST ONE MORE NEEDED: Two of the five Collier School Board members call for bigger raises for teachers, who have been protesting the offer of 1 percent, the Naples Daily News reports.

BETTER TEACHERS: The profession is now attracting people who scored better on the SAT and made better grades in college than those who came to the job in the 1990s, the NY Times reports.

RACE-BASED ADMISSIONS: A judge says that the Los Angeles school district may continue to consider race when selecting students for magnet schools, the LA Times reports.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:30am]


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