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TEACHER NO MORE: Daniel Ray Madril loses his Florida teaching license after getting caught peeping on the girl's locker room in his Hernando County middle school three years ago.

MARTIN SUPERINTENDENT TO RETIRE: Sara Wilcox, who has held the job for 14 years, will not seek reelection, the Palm Beach Post reports.

TEXAS DOES IT BIGGER: Florida's student-athlete drug testing program has turned up just one violator, the Houston Chronicle reports. Texas officials, who start a similar program this year, say they'll catch more because their effort is broader.

CRIST SAYS AMENDMENT 1 WON'T HURT SCHOOLS: "Approval of Amendment 1 on Tuesday can make a difference for Florida's homeowners — and for those who long to be homeowners. But it doesn't have to make a difference in funding for our students," the governor writes in an op-ed piece for the Sun-Sentinel.

OFF TO IRAQ: The principal of a Broward charter school takes a leave of absence to do a tour of duty. His dad, also an educator, will run the school in his absence, the Sun-Sentinel reports.

TEACHERS FOR SLOTS: The Miami-Dade teachers union endorses a referendum to allow slot machines at the county's dog and horse tracks and jai-alai frontons, saying the school district needs the projected revenue, the Miami Herald reports.

Lee County schools have scaled back activities to give students time to study during the testing season, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.

EXPANDING CHOICES: Brevard schools receive more funding than any other Florida district to launch new career academies, Florida Today reports.

AMENDMENT COULD AFFECT VOUCHERS: A committee of the Florida Taxation and Budget Reform Commission supports a proposal that could pave the way for additional funding of education vouchers to private, religious schools, the AP reports. (To see the proposal, click here and go to CP0020)

Visit the Gradebook at noon for an interview with Bonnie Lang, president of Kids Come First Florida chapter.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:33am]


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