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VOUCHERS ON THE BALLOT: The Taxation and Budget Reform Commission will ask Floridians to decide whether the state should support private school education for some students. The issue will be combined with a proposal to require school districts to spend 65 percent of their operational budget on the classroom, a move that critics called misleading.

Nal_ammons042708_20919c 'WE CAN HANDLE OUR BUSINESS':
FAMU president James Ammons visits St. Petersburg, where he tells an audience that the school is on the comeback trail from myriad financial, academic and personnel problems.

REALLY QUIET: Day of Silence events, aimed at promoting tolerance for gays, go off without protests from opponents.

TEACHER MISCONDUCT (AGAIN): Eric A. Riggins, a Hernando High coach and in-school suspension monitor, is suspended amid allegations of sexually suggestive communications with a student.

NATIONAL SEARCH: The Pinellas School Board opts for a full-blown search to replace outgoing superintendent Clayton Wilcox.

50 MORE PINK SLIPS: The layoffs continue in Lee County schools, the Naples Daily News reports.

After the Osceola School Board mandates uniforms, some parents say they can't afford the clothes. One board member shoots off an e-mail saying folks who say they don't have the money should "think about turning of their cable TV or stop buying alcohol or cigarettes and spend their money on their children."  You can probably guess the rest of the story, as reported by Orlando's Fox 35 News.

18 HOURS EARLY: Parents start lining up long before the start of registration for Manatee's Voluntary Pre-k program, hoping to snag one of the limited number of seats, the Bradenton Herald reports.

Forget about them. Brevard school officials say that 11 of 13 planned schools are on hold at least a decade because of funding shortfalls, Florida Today reports.

An inner-city charter school in Escambia threatens to close, leaving its students in the lurch, the Pensacola News-Journal reports.

HE DID IT: UF prof James Twitchell, who writes widely about pop culture, admits that he actually plagiarizes others' work about pop culture, the Gainesville Sun reports. Sidebar on plagiarism here.

Visit the Gradebook at noon for an interview with Tyler Radford, a Land O'Lakes High senior who decided to leave school with just one semester to go.

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


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