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NOT QUITE CANDID CAMERA: The kids reportedly were out of control on the school bus. The driver could lose his for not doing anything. It's becoming a war of words, though, as the security cameras installed on the bus did not work.

CHOOSE A NEW PATH: Calling Pinellas County's school choice plan a miserable failure, the editorial board offers some recommendations for fixing it. In the balance: neighborhoods and racial diversity.

SOME CANDIDATES REMAIN: Not everyone in the hunt to become Hernando County's superintendent has resume conflicts. The Times profiles two of the hopefuls, who will visit this week for interviews with the board. The editorial board, meanwhile, suggests slowing the process to make sure the candidates are who they say they are.

END STAR WARS: House and Senate bills for revamping teacher performance pay rules don't jibe yet. The Times editorial board backs the Senate version, saying chairman Don Gaetz has found a resolution that bridges the gap between the capital and the classroom. Broward County's interim superintendent, meanwhile, writes why he recommended deferral on the program in the Sun-Sentinel.

LOBBYING AGAINST CLASS SIZE: Lee and Collier counties are unlikely to meet the class-by-class requirements of the 2002 class-size amendment. That's why their leaders are pushing to keep the measure at the school level, the Naples Daily News reports. You can bet other counties are saying the same. But Gov. Charlie Crist has shown no intent to overturn the voter mandate.

FORGET THE RESEARCH PAPER: Sixth graders at a California middle school write rap songs based on their history lessons, the LA Times reports. The class is cutting its second single.

MOVING FROM MIDDLES: The Milwaukee Public School system is phasing out middle schools, favoring K-8 schools instead, the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reports. It's a trend gaining strength across the country, but there's a debate over which model is better.

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


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