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TEACHER CLEARED: File this one under the "Remember accusations aren't always true" section, and remember it when talking about all the teacher sex scandals. Former Pasco and Hernando teacher-coach Antonio "Tony" Vasquez is acquitted on charges of exposing himself in a public park, and now he wants his job back.

QUESTIONING THE PRIORITIES: What's going on in Florida, where lawmakers spend more time on corporate welfare and issues like guns in trucks than on education and human welfare, columnist Diane Roberts wonders.

MAKE IT FOUR: A fourth candidate, Challenger K-8 advisory committee chairman Gene Magrini, files papers to run for Hernando School Board District 4.

UNION BOSS COULD GET FIRED: The Palm Beach superintendent has ordered an investigation into newly elected president of the Palm Beach teachers union, who did not disclose a past conviction on his job application. That's a firing offense, the Sun-Sentinel reports.

THE LAYOFFS BEGIN: Lee schools let go 30 employees in the district's first round of budget cuts. Their work will be picked up by those left behind, the Naples Daily News reports.

FUNDAMENTALLY THE SAME: Even as Florida's community colleges move to offer more four-year degree programs, they still aim to offer their traditional services such as career programs and remedial assistance, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.

NEW GRADING SYSTEM MAKES PROGRESS: A key House committee approves a Senate bill that would alter the way Florida grades schools, the Miami Herald reports.

PLEASE RECONSIDER: Lawyers for the ACLU have asked a judge to rethink his order that allows Okeechobee schools to bar the Gay-Straight Alliance, the Palm Beach Post reports.

AROUND THE NATION: High school seniors have received their acceptance letters. Now the colleges want to know if they're coming, the Washington Post reports. A Colorado school district agrees to leave students' cell phones alone after getting its hand slapped by the ACLU, the Rocky Mountain News reports. Shakira is the latest celeb to advocate for education, the AP reports (via LA Times).

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:40am]


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