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Nal_chinaband040908_18107c LEAVE THE INSTRUMENTS HERE: The Osceola High band members had traveled around the world to play on China's Great Wall, only to learn that a paperwork snafu would force them to leave their instruments in the airport. After a few well placed calls and some diplomacy, they got to play their concert. (Photo special to the Times)

'CLOSE TO HOME' TAKES SHAPE: The Pinellas school district releases its new attendance zone maps. Here's a Q&A to explain the details.

NEWLY ELECTED, ALREADY ON DEFENSIVE: The new president of the Palm Beach teachers union works to explain away his 1991 arrest in Los Angeles, the Sun-Sentinel reports.

TAKE A PAY CUT: One budget amendment under consideration in the House today would cut by 5 percent the pay of all school administrators who earn more than $100,000, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.

A SCHOOL DIVIDED: Discussions about whether to redraw the attendance zone of a struggling Duval elementary school have revealed a rift between the two communities that send their children there - one rich, the other poor, the Florida Times-Union reports.

KEEPING TEXTBOOK COSTS DOWN: Bills moving through the Florida Legislature aim to reduce the cost of college textbooks by doing such thing as requiring new editions to have significant content differences from the old versions, the Palm Beach Post reports.

'EVERY THEORY HAS FLAWS': A bill that would allow Florida teachers to raise doubts about the scientific theory of evolution passes its final Senate committee, 7-3, on its way to the floor, the Fort Myers News-Press reports. (That quote is from Sen. Dan Webster, one of the bill backers.)

STRINGS ATTACHED: Some Miami-Dade state lawmakers threaten to withhold funds from the University of Miami's medical school over the school's effort to buy its own hospital, the Miami Herald reports.

LOW ENROLLMENT PROMPTS DISMISSALS: Dozens of Martin teachers on annual contracts get word they won't be asked back as the district begins dealing with budget cuts and declining enrollment, the Palm Beach Post reports.

SARASOTA PICKS INSIDER: Assistant superintendent Lori White takes over the Sarasota superintendency, as the School Board decides against a lengthy search, the Herald-Tribune reports.

SCORES WILL NOT DETERMINE TENURE: New York City schools had sought to use student test results to help decide which teachers get tenure. State lawmakers said, No way, the NY Times reports.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:39am]


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