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'THEY'RE JUST KIDS': A Citrus County school bus driver finds himself in hot water after failing to report wild activity on the bus. What did they do? One girl flashed her breasts and performed oral sex on a boy while others watched, according to student accounts.

TENSION REMAINS: Sure, the FCAT ends today. But for nine Pasco County schools that have never made adequate yearly progress, the worrying intensifies as they settle in for the 3-month wait for results. If they miss the mark again, they face "restructuring," and they don't know exactly what that means.

Students at an east Hillsborough County high school collect funds for seniors at a west county school, where the senior class adviser stole money intended to pay for prom and graduation events.

ANIMALS EVERYWHERE: An inner-city Tampa school revels in its new animal science magnet program. "A lot of my students had never seen a rabbit before," one teacher relates.

OMG. THEY'RE IM'ing: Kids seem to be able to send 1000s of text messages, even while in school. Teachers struggle to keep their attention.

SUPERINTENDENT CANDIDATE OUT: In case you missed it yesterday, a candidate for Hernando County superintendent pulled out of contention after reporter Tom Marshall uncovered lies in the candidate's resume.

IS HE FAIR? T. Willard Fair, a holdover from the Jeb Bush era, remains State Board of Education chairman. Some wonder why Gov. Charlie Crist would keep him around, the Herald-Tribune reports, while others are not worried.

THEY WERE JUST READING THE ARTICLES: Can't find that Sports Illustrated with swimsuit-clad Beyonce in the school library? You're not alone. Turns out that Time-Warner didn't ship them to schools, after years of criticism from parents for letting it go to schools, the LA Times reports.

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


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