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Stephanieragusafolridateachersexstu ARRESTED AGAIN: Former Hillsborough teacher Stephanie Ragusa, already facing charges of having sex with one middle school student, is booked on two counts of having sex with another minor boy who was her student. The Hillsborough School Board talked about how it can better deal with such cases, preferably before they happen.

CHARTER CASE GOES TO JUDGE: Both sides rested in the lawsuit where Deerwood Academy founder Hank Johnson accused the Pasco school district of financially destroying his charter school.

SETTLEMENT APPROVED: The Pinellas School Board agrees to a $1.1-million payment to a mom of a former student who was struck by a car as he ran away from school.

TOP OF THE CLASS-HERNANDO: Teddy bear 'emergency room' helps ease childrens' fears (Spring Hill Elementary); School designs garden to beckon butterflies (J.D. Floyd Elementary)

NEW BOUNDARIES, NEW PRINCIPALS: The Hillsborough School Board moves around kids and school leaders.

REACHING OUT: Florida universities create new ways to help troubled students, and to enhance campus safety, in the year since a Virginia Tech student shot up that campus, the Sun-Sentinel reports. A student group with tendrils into Florida, meanwhile, pushes to let students carry guns on campuses, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

ONE-ROOM SCHOOLHOUSE SURVIVES: Duette Elementary in Manatee County, the state's last operational one-room schoolhouse, survives budget cuts to remain open at least another year, the Bradenton Herald reports.

NO GUNS: The Okaloosa School Board sets a policy making clear that no one can bring guns to schools for any purpose, even as many acknowledge the rule won't be well enforced, the Northwest Florida Daily News reports.

AP SUPPORT IS 'MONEY WELL SPENT': The academic and financial benefits that come with the state's payment of the $84 test fee can't be beat, Leon High senior Eden Joyner writes in a guest column for the Tallahassee Democrat.

DON'T DUMB IT DOWN: Changing Florida's school grading system is a great idea, but the bills in play include a few concepts that might allow for grade inflation, the Stuart News editorializes.

NO CONFIDENCE IN TOP COP: Officers in the Miami-Dade school police department are voting on their support of chief Gerald Darling after some high-profile problems, the Miami Herald reports.

BUSING CUTS: Like many other districts, Miami-Dade is looking at its transportation services to save money, the Miami Herald reports. Possible changes include an end to bus rides to magnet programs, and charging for field trips. See also this story on budget woes from the Pensacola News-Journal.

CHARTER ACCOUNTABILITY: The Florida Senate wants to place more controls on charter schools, but  House members say they will agree only if charters get more money, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

PRAISE FOR FAMU: The same legislative committee that pounded the university a year ago applauds FAMU for turning things around, the Tallahasse Democrat reports.

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


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