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JEB'S BRAND OF EDUCATION: Former Florida governor Jeb Bush creates a foundation to take the tenets of his A-Plus accountability program national, even as the state's new leaders consider changes to the system.

Images CONTROL YOUR BEES, PLEASE: The Hillsborough School Board asks a family to corral its roaming bees, which have been stinging students at nearby Limona Elementary School. Beekeeper Steve Grande calls the request ludicrous, saying there's no way to fence in the insects.

FREEZE THE FEES: Hernando school district leaders say it's not right to ask developers to pay higher impact fees when homes aren't even selling.

NEGOTIATE FIRST: Pasco superintendent Heather Fiorentino must rescind her memo telling all employees they're on call 24/7 if needed to work in emergency shelters, the Public Employees Relations Commission rules. Join the Gradebook conversation on this story here.

NEW MAGNET FOR PINELLAS: A performance-based arts magnet school in northern Pinellas would be the first created since a federal court order prohibiting the creation of countywide programs was lifted earlier this month.

NEW CONCERNS IN STUDENT CONDUCT: The issues of bullying, airsoft guns and sexual harassment enter the debate as the Pinellas School Board revises its code of conduct.

SETTLEMENT FOR PALM BEACH SCHOOL OFFICER: The officer, fired during his probationary period for allegedly making inappropriate comments to a student, will get $118,200 to cover the legal fees he incurred fighting his dismissal, the Sun-Sentinel reports.

CLAY SUPERINTENDENT RETIRING: "I've never wanted to stay in beyond my time. I've always wanted to go out on top," David Owens, first elected in 1996, told the Florida Times-Union.

MIAMI TEACHER INVESTIGATED: The kindergarten teacher has been reassigned while the Miami-Dade district investigates her role in the death of a 5-year-old student who was killed in traffic after leaving school unattended, the Miami Herald reports.

IT'S FOR YOU - OR SOMEONE ELSE: The Lee School Board creates an incentive package to keep current superintendent James Browder from leaving. But if he goes, the deal will help lure his replacement, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.

WELCOME BACK. NOW PREP FOR FCAT: Brevard students return to school to find the FCAT momentum building, Florida Today reports.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:32am]


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