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TAX OPTIONS SHRINK: The Taxation and Budget Reform Commission kills a proposal for a local tax cap, while its support wavers on a tax swap plan that would change the way education is funded in Florida.

SCHOOL PULLS BOOKS FROM SHELVES: Turner Elementary in New Tampa removes the award-winning novel The Land from circulation after a parent complains that it includes the "N-word." "I do not want any child to have to read this offensive language in an elementary school," said the parent, Darryl Brown, who is planning to file a complaint against another book.

Tb_pasdeerwood_450_19213a CHARTER FOUNDER BLAMES DISTRICT FOR WOES: Deerwood Academy founder Hank Johnson has his day in court to accuse the Pasco school district of financially crippling his school, which closed in 2003 amid fiscal mismanagement and missing money. (Times photo, Brendan Fitterer)

SEX TALK: The Hillsborough School Board wants to discuss what it can do to better ensure that teachers have appropriate relationships with students.

FEELING LIKE A TARGET: Pasco School Board member Cathi Martin says all the talk about allowing voters to recall school board members wouldn't be necessary if her colleagues simply would have let her attend meetings by phone. Her critics, meanwhile, continue to push for her ouster.

HIGH ANXIETY: Florida International University leaders discuss budget cuts while students and faculty watch and worry, in Miami reports.

THEY CALL IT 'EVILUTION': A group of scientists and other opponents to the "academic freedom" bills moving through the Florida Legislature gathers in Tallahassee to denounce the proposals, the Tallahassee Democrat reports. More from the Herald-Tribune.

TOUGH CHOICES: College admission letters are coming in the mail, and some Florida graduating seniors feel the pressure to make the right decision, the Florida Times-Union reports.

TACKLING FCAT FRENZY: The Miami-Dade School Board will consider setting up a task force to examine just how much time teachers spend teaching to the FCAT, and how much worry it fosters in children, the Miami Herald reports.

THEY WANT THEIR POOL: Swimmers at Martin High worry that their pool will close amid rising maintenance costs, and they're fighting to keep it open, the Palm Beach Post reports.

CUTS COMING: Manatee school officials look at pay cuts and layoffs to deal with shrinking budgets, the Bradenton Herald reports. Similar ideas are floating around northwest Florida, too, the Pensacola News-Journal reports.

Teachers go increasingly high-tech to reach students, Florida Today reports.

NO MORE TAG: A Virginia elementary school bans the children's game, deeming it too intensely aggressive, and calls for a complete review of its recess policies and procedures, the Washington Post reports.

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


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