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STAR UPDATE: More teachers would qualify for performance pay under a bill approved in a key House committee on Tuesday. The proposal would allow districts to give bonuses to any teacher whose students show improvement, rather than capping the percentage of teachers who qualify. The Senate Education Committee tackles the controversial issue today.

CHARTER CONCERNS: A new charter school for children with autism is raising concerns in some of the counties it would serve. Not because of its programs. Because of politics. The charter school announced it would operate in six counties after winning approval in just one.

NOT COVERED: Parents had hoped the Hernando school district would pay their medical expenses after their children were overcome by fumes in a Brooksville school. The district's insurance doesn't cover mystery smells, though.

An audit finds the Citrus County school district overspent its budget twice in the past year. It also discovered several buildings in poor condition, and teachers who had nt gone through new background checks.

JUST SAY NO: A bill to randomly test high school athletes for steroid use sails through its first committee hearing, the Palm Beach Post reports. A remaining worry: how to keep the records private.

NOT JUST FOR HIGH SCHOOL ANYMORE: Animal dissection gains in popularity, even in some elementary schools, the Washington Post reports.  And for the squeamish, there's a computer version.

PARENTAL PERMISSION: Utah's governor is poised to sign a bill that would require parental permission to participate in school clubs, Education Week reports. The rule emerged as a reaction to the growth of gay-straight clubs, opponents claim. Sound familiar, Hillsborough County?

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:15am]


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