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Tb_resource_450 PINELLAS HIRES ITS POLICE: The Pinellas School Board finally completes a contract for all its school resource officers, months after this usually takes place. The delay came when several cities thought they might not be able to afford their share. (Times photo, 2007)

MORE SEX ED: Two Florida lawmakers say abstinence-only sex education isn't enough. So they have filed a bill that would require more in-depth curriculum.

LEARNING, THE L. RON WAY: A private school that teaches children using study methods created by Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard is expanding in Pinellas County.

TOP OF THE CLASS, PASCO: Heroes of fiction (Bayonet Point Middle); Middle schooler has a way with words (Hudson Middle)

WHAT A BARGAIN: Six Florida universities rate among Kiplinger's 100 best deals.

SPELLINGS SPEAKS: The U.S. education secretary has positive things to say about Florida education while speaking to lawmakers in Tallahassee. But she doesn't buy in to their idea that, to keep the NCLB playing field even, the country should have a national education standard, the AP reports. Asked about the state's evolution debate, Spellings stays mum, the Miami Herald reports.

"EVOLUTION IS A LIE": The debate over Florida's proposed science standards continued Tuesday in Broward County, as the Sun-Sentinel reports. The Daytona Beach News-Journal, meanwhile, joins the chorus of newspapers supporting the proposed changes to the standards. For other versions of the story, see the Miami Herald and the Associated Press.

IT NEVER STOPS: Even with all the attention paid to misbehaving teachers these days, the reports keep coming. This time, a Flagler County teacher faces charges for inappropriate sexual contact with a male student on campus after hours, the Florida Times-Union reports.

LOSING MILLIONS: The Lee district gets its funding cut as its enrollment dips by nearly 1,000 students, the Naples Daily News reports.

TRYING TO GET ALONG: The Lake superintendent and School Board, both nearing the end of their terms, are attempting to work better together to achieve some common goals, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:31am]


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