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MERIT PAY DISPARITIES: A Times analysis shows that almost three-fourths of Hillsborough's 5,000 performance pay bonuses went to teachers at high-wealth schools. Just 3 percent went to the district's poorest, most struggling schools. Sidebars: A tale of two teachers; Teacher bonuses by school; Q&A: The Merit Award Program

LOVING CLASS SIZE: Nearly 75 percent of Floridians surveyed by the Times say they like the 2002 class-size amendment. But nearly half say they're willing to consider allowing some flexibility in emergencies, with another third uncertain. That result boosts some lawmakers who are trying to accomplish just that. Visit the Gradebook at 8:30 a.m. for full poll results.

NEEDED IN THE NORTH: The Pinellas School Board helped put the north part of the county on equal footing with the south in magnet offerings by approving an arts magnet school for Tarpon Springs, the Times editorializes.

WHAT A DEAL: There were plenty of "winks and nods" in getting Sen. Mike Haridopolous a job at UF, the Times editorializes.

"NOT THROUGH CUTTING": Florida lawmakers expect to slash the budget again this year and then some more next year, so school districts are getting ready, the Palm Beach Post reports. "We are not through cutting," said state Rep. Joe Pickens, R-Palatka. "We'll definitely make additional reductions for next year. There's no doubt. The question is how much do we have to reduce and where."

HOLOCAUST LESSONS: Required in Florida since 1998, the Palm Beach school district has expanded its Holocaust curriculum to a semester-long elective course at seven high schools, the Sun-Sentinel reports.

DON'T TOUCH: A Venice school teacher is arrested for abusing children in her special education class, the Herald-Tribune reports.

PICKING AN INTERIM: The Lee School Board starts talking about who would serve as temporary superintendent, just in case the current one leaves, the Naples Daily News reports.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:35am]


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