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Tb_teachers_450_16506a HOW CLOSE IS TOO CLOSE? Having sex with students obviously crosses the line. But what about sending e-mails? Meeting with a student behind closed doors for a private educational conversation? Tampa Bay area teachers talk about how even the most innocent acts can be misconstrued, and how they need to take care to avoid trouble. (

TWEAKING TAX PROPOSAL: The Taxation and Budget Reform Commission edits its tax-swap proposal before sending it to voters. A key move is to change some dates so schools wouldn't lose money while lawmakers decide how to replace lost revenue, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.

FORGET UF: Florida Gulf Coast U's new president wants to make his university the top choice, at least for students in southwest Florida, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.

LET'S TALK: Broward's superintendent suggests a meeting with Lauderdale Lakes leaders who have proposed suing the district over what they consider uneven education offerings, the Sun-Sentinel reports.

LEGACY WORTH PROTECTING: Residents of rural eastern Manatee County plan to fight to keep their one-room school - Florida's last - from falling to the budget ax, the Bradenton Herald reports.

SOMETHING TO BRAG ABOUT: The University of Florida sees several of its programs move up in the US News & World Report annual college ranking guide, the Gainesville Sun reports.

Visit the Gradebook at noon for an interview with Benjamin Ajak, a Sudanese refugee who has won acclaim for his book about his struggles. He visited Lakewood High earlier this week and talked to reporter Ron Matus about reading, education and life.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:38am]


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