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STUDENT BEHAVING BADLY: A Palm Harbor University High student mooned his teacher from the school bus, got suspended and transferred to another school. His parents are fighting the discipline, saying the school is being unreasonable.

CLEAN IT UP: Lawmakers threaten to cut funding to Florida A&M University if its leaders don't fix the school's financial and management problems, fast.

EASY CHOICE: Broward school administrator Harry LaCava stood out among the five finalists for Hernando superintendent, winning the job less than an hour after the School Board ended a day of interviews with all five.

SAVING HIM A SEAT: San Antonio Elementary School tries to cope with the accidental death of second grader Robert Britton III.

LOSE THE TONGUE STUD: A six-month simmering debate on whether Pasco County school employees wear appropriate clothing ends with a committee recommending no change to the teacher dress code. But the committee jumps into the fray by suggesting restrictions on body piercings and tattoos, instead.

HANG ON TO THE PLASTIC: Some Hillsborough parents take their kids to the shopping mall to practice their math.

NO MORE VALS AND SALS: Palm Beach County considers doing away with the "cutthroat competition" to graduate first or second in your high school class, the Sun-Sentinel reports.

NO MORE TESTS: Two Republican U.S. senators propose eliminating mandatory exams from the No Child Left Behind law, McClatchy News reports. "States should be given the flexibility to design educational programs that fit the local needs of individual districts, parents and children," Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, said.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:15am]


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