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March

STILL WAITING: Dozens of Florida A&M University instructors have yet to receive paychecks they earned weeks ago. The school's interim president of two years, meanwhile, can't tell lawmakers the full scope of FAMU's pay problems. FAMU received 632 check requests.

NOT IN A SCHOOL: The Brooksville Elementary principal and teachers who anointed children's desks before the FCAT overstepped their bounds, columnist Jeff Webb writes. However well intentioned, he says, it was "a religious ritual; it should not have happened in a public school."

IS AN INTERVIEW GOOD ENOUGH? Some Hernando County School Board members want to visit the home districts of whoever become their top candidates to replace retiring superintendent Wendy Tellone. Others say a few well placed phone calls will suffice. It's all about relationships: the goal - especially after having one outsider superintendent walk out on Hernando mid-contract - is to find someone who fits well.

SEEKING SUBSTITUTES: On any given day, the Pasco County school district needs about 300 substitutes. One any given day, it can't fill about 15 percent of those jobs. District personnel officials, working with the local community college, are taking steps to fill the void.

JAMERSON HONORED: The Florida Education Association dedicated its headquarters in honor of Doug Jamerson, the late St. Petersburg lawmaker and one-time state education commissioner. The mood among leaders gathered was collegial, the AP reports, rather than taking on the adversarial tone of the Bush administration.

GREEN BUSES: No, they're not painting them. The Manatee County school district will become the nation's first to use plug-in hybrid school buses, the IC Corporation reports. The press conference takes place this morning at Braden River Elementary.

DO YOU KNOW THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN PULCHRITUDINOUS AND PULVERULENT? Fifty teens who do, representing their states, competed yesterday in the annual National Vocabulary Championship, the New York Times reports. Robert Marshland of Wisconsin won. The event will be televised on the Game Show Network on April 15. Check it out and help your SAT score.

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