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THERE'S GOT TO BE A BETTER WAY: The Pinellas teachers' union sounds its opposition to the superintendent's proposal to cut salaries by 2 percent. Some School Board members also want to hear other options.

Dr_janssen_2 IN THE INTERIM: Pinellas assistant superintendent Julie Janssen (left) says she won't seek the district's permanent superintendent's job, paving the way for her likely appointment to the job on an interim basis.

An 11-year-old student at Deltona Elementary in Spring Hill is arrested after he goes on a rage in his classroom, upending desks, setting off a fire extinguisher and destroying several other items.

ANOTHER TEACHER ARREST: St. Petersburg police are investigating Gibbs High teacher Darren Snieszko, who is accused of inappropriate relationships with several underage students.

TOP OF THE CLASS: Climate Project volunteer looks to youth to save Earth (Fox Chapel Middle); Young artists unveil year-long project (West Hernando Middle); Madison Middle to open Leaders Academy; Hillsborough releases graduation schedule

LEADERS CHEER "65 PERCENT" PROPOSAL: House Majority Leader Adam Hasner and Gov. Charlie Crist are among those who see the idea - which heads to the ballot in November in a joint referendum with vouchers, courtesy of the Taxation and Budget Reform Commission - as a way to boost classroom funding without a tax increase, the Boca Raton News reports.

ANTI-BULLYING BILL PASSES: The legislation is on its way to the governor's desk, making it through the Senate after two past failed attempts, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.

DANGEROUS SCHOOL: At Alapattah Middle in Miami, teachers regularly face threats from students, but the principal does little to stop it and parents seem not to care, the Miami New Times reports.

SHOOTING AT FAU: The university got to try out some of its new emergency alert systems, implemented in the wake of the Virginia Tech rampage last year, during a campus shooting Wednesday, the Sun-Sentinel reports.

READING AND 'RITHMETIC WILL DO: Florida education leaders indefinitely postpone the use of FCAT writing scores as a high school graduation requirement, the Miami Herald reports.

THANKS, BUT NO THANKS: A Miami-Dade principal in his final year of the state's retirement program offers to stay at $1 a year plus benefits, noting the district's financial woes. The School Board rejects the offer, the Miami Herald reports.

A FAILURE TO EDUCATE: The Polk school district must pay a family up to $720,000 after failing to appropriately educate their autistic son, the Lakeland Ledger reports.

WHO'S VOLUNTEERING? Loose background check policies mean already approved volunteers could remain in Brevard schools up to five years after committing a crime, Florida Today reports.

YOU DO IT, OR WE WILL: The Escambia School Board warns its superintendent that if he won't cut administration to save money, the board will do it, even if it means a court battle, the Pensacola News-Journal reports.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:41am]


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