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TRY A SALAD: Hillsborough, Pasco and Pinellas schools remove beef from cafeteria menus as the USDA investigates allegations of possibly tainted meat coming from a slaughterhouse that supplies schools. Here's a Q&A about what's going on.

Blood_donation1_2 PASCO LIMITS SCHOOL BLOOD DRIVES: Superintendent Heather Fiorentino and her staff say the potential for kids to have bad reactions is too great after they give blood. Plus, the teens miss too much time from class. Florida Blood Services, which gets about 18 percent of its Pasco donations from high schools, says it will make a plan to answer the district's concerns.

HERNANDO CHANGES GIFTED PLANS: The Hernando School Board had planned to open a gifted center at Challenger K-8. But that's so two weeks ago. Now, it wants to start the program at Explorer K-8 instead.

STAR TEACHER: Colleagues and students heap praise on Hernando teacher of the year Vince LaBorante.

SCHOOL CRIME TIME: A West Hernando Middle student is arrested for threatening a teacher. And pranksters set fire to trash cans in two Hudson High restrooms.

IT'S JUST A THEORY: Florida lawmakers Rep. Marti Coley, Rep. Dean Cannon and Sen. Stephen Wise say they are considering filing legislation to call evolution a "theory" if the State Board of Education adopts the proposed new science standards as-is, the Miami Herald reports.

PRIVATE SCHOOL AID THREATENED: Gov. Charlie Crist's budget plan, already under fire in the Legislature, would cut grants to students who attend private colleges and universities, the Palm Beach Post reports.

Responding to parent complaints over a plan to rezone students to cope with crowding, the Brevard School Board brings up double sessions instead, Florida Today reports.

NO MONEY? NO PROBLEM: Facing financial woes, the Sarasota school district looks to borrow money to pay for construction projects it otherwise can't afford, the Herald-Tribune reports.

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


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