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Wilcox450_23759c TOO CLOSE? E-mail correspondence between outgoing Pinellas superintendent Clayton Wilcox and his new employer, Scholastic Inc., suggests Wilcox had ties that might appear to have transcended the normal purchaser-vendor relationship. Wilcox rejects the idea that he did anything improper. (Times photo, 2007)

SOME SENIORS STUMBLE ON FCAT: High schoolers get six tries to pass the 10th-grade FCAT, which is a state graduation requirement. The passing rate remains low statewide for seniors who keep trying. See a separate story about the Pasco results here.

THEY DIDN'T GIVE UP: Pasco schools recognize 29 students who stuck through hard times and found success during the district's annual Turnaround Award event. "This is what it's all about," said Gulf High teacher Travis DeWalt as he introduced his school's winner, Ladarious Jackson.

HERNANDO COACH ACCUSED: At least one student has accused Hernando High coach and classroom aide Eric Riggins of touching her sexually. Riggins resigned May 5 amid a criminal investigation into his conduct.

MORE MEMBERS: A Collier School Board member suggests asking voters to add two more representatives to the board, but finds no support from her colleagues, the Naples Daily News reports.

NEVER TOO LATE: A 79-year-old man and his 34-year-old son finally earn their high school diplomas from a private school in Fort Pierce, the Fort Pierce Tribune reports.

PROBATION NO MORE: Putnam superintendent David Buckles is removed from probation by the Florida Department of Education, the Palatka Daily News reports.

BUDGET ROUNDUP: Lee schools freeze all employee salaries and benefits at their current level as the district grapples with an expected budget shortfall, the Fort Myers News-Press reports. The Collier School Board will ask voters to transfer .25 mills of the district's capital outlay tax rate to cover operational expenses in an August referendum, the Naples Daily News reports. Miami-Dade considers a plan to eliminate more than 500 jobs, the Miami Herald reports. Escambia's superintendent recommends closing schools and changing start times, the Pensacola News-Journal reports. Students protest Orange's move to change start times, the Orlando Sentinel reports. School districts across California are going through the same kind of budget-cutting exercises as those in Florida, as California faces similar revenue shortfalls, the LA Times reports.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:42am]


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