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USF-ST. PETERSBURG GETS WARNED: An accreditation agency places the school on "warning" status, saying it has failed to comply on two standards - student competency and academic achievement. The "warning" is the agency's least severe sanction and often precedes probation.

Axe YOU NEED A PERMIT FOR THAT: Learning Gate Community School, a charter school in Lutz that touts the environment in its curriculum, is in hot water with Hillsborough County over cutting down trees without permits. That's just one of many problems the school has faced as it tries to expand.

NO APOLOGY NEEDED: UF leaders take steps to tone down the spat that arose over the planning showing of a film on radical Islam. A threat to investigate by the state Attorney General's office will do that. Perhaps the university's top brass could use a lesson in the First Amendment, the Times editorializes.

IT'S BETTER TO GIVE: Students from the private Renaissance Academy in New Port Richey raised enough money to buy a book for every student at Cox Elementary, a Title I school in Dade City. They delivered the books on Thursday.

TOO SCARED TO RIDE: A Pasco mom gets the scare of her life, and prompts some change at her daughter's school, after her daughter boards the wrong bus to go home, columnist Andrew Skerritt writes. In other bus news, eight Valrico kids are injured when their bus is hit by a van; some Hernando parents complain that their children's school bus is out of control, as Fox News 13 reports; and investigations are under way over allegations of abuse on Broward school buses, as the Miami Herald reports.

CHANGE THE WAY WE USE FCAT: Independent experts validate the test's quality. Now Florida just needs to use it appropriately, the Palm Beach Post editorializes.

JUST SAY NO TO TAX AMENDMENT: It's a veritable who's who of organizations that are banding together to oppose the Jan. 29 proposal to change Florida's property tax structure, including the Florida PTA and the Florida Education Association, the Palm Beach Post reports.

UNFAIR LABOR PRACTICE IN COLLIER? Collier superintendent Dennis Thompson says he'll file a complaint against the teachers union after a member brings up collective bargaining at a board meeting, causing an impromptu rally, the Naples Daily News reports.

ZERO TOLERANCE MEANS JUST THAT: Seminole superintendent Bill Vogel intends to fire an elementary school teacher who brought a loaded gun to school, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

FLEX SCHEDULING: Hoping to stem the tide of drop outs, the Houston, Texas, school district approves a plan to offer high school classes at night and on weekends, the AP reports.

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


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