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Cut_costs_2 A STARTING POINT: Pasco School Board members say they have many questions for superintendent Heather Fiorentino as they enter their first budget-cutting workshop, but they're all fairly sure on one thing - raises are highly unlikely.

GRIEVANCES TO BE AIRED: A Gulf High School teacher's complaints against outgoing principal Tom Imerson are likely to get a public airing before the Pasco School Board, perhaps answering some questions about why superintendent Heather Fiorentino removed Imerson from the school.

DECEPTION: The Florida Taxation and Budget Reform Commission shouldn't meddle in the school voucher debate, but since it has, the commission at least should have made its effort clear when naming its ballot initiatives on the issue, the Times editorializes.

TOP OF THE CLASS: Brooksville student has military on his mind (Hernando High)

FLORIDA DROPS HIGH SCHOOL TESTING: Steroid testing, that is. The state's pilot program to randomly test student-athletes comes to a close in a month, with no plan to extend it, the Palm Beach Post reports.

GAY STUDENT CLUB LAWSUIT REOPENED: A federal judge has kick-started the case after learning that Okeechobee High had banned a student from restarting the Gay-Straight Alliance that the judge said could operate at the school, the Fort Pierce Tribune reports.

A TEMPORARY SOLUTION: The University of West Florida will hire an interim president while making long-term plans to replace outgoing John Cavanaugh, the Pensacola News-Journal reports.

BUDGET ROUNDUP: A Lee School Board member seeks a referendum for voters to approve transferring funds from the capital budget to cover expected operating shortfalls, but falls short in votes, the Naples Daily News reports. The Miami-Dade school police force plan to protest the district's proposed cuts to their department, the Miami Herald reports. The Manatee School Board prepares to vote on pay cuts for non-unionized employees and administrators, the Bradenton Herald reports. Angry Orange parents demand their School Board find some other way to save money than to change student start times, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

AROUND THE NATION: A new report suggests that a growing number of public schools will start missing the No Child Left Behind progress mark as the law's requirements become more demanding, the AP reports. A new study concludes that the "boys crisis" in education is a myth, the Washington Post reports. A plan to expand wireless Internet service across the country could benefit schools as they seek to provide more virtual classes, the LA Times reports.

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


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