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Etc_writing_052108_24191c YEARBOOKS ARE FOREVER: Sure, kids might have migrated to MySpace and Facebook for their daily chats. But the Web has yet to replace the high school yearbook, as teens at Osceola High in Seminole attest. (Times staff photo)

PASCO CONTINUES BUDGET TALKS: Dozens of teachers plead for their raises, which the superintendent has recommended be cut. School Board members say they'll try, but make no promises as they discuss wide ranging reductions in everything from sports to teacher training.

TOP OF THE CLASS: No generation gap in this quartet (Cypress Elementary); Good behavior merits flume fun (STAR Educational Center)

GO AHEAD AND TEXT: The Broward School Board adopts a new rule allowing kids to send text messages while riding the bus, the Miami Herald reports. Like they weren't doing it before anyhow.

SMILE, YOU'RE ON CAMERA: The Martin School Board agrees to begin televising its meetings, the Palm Beach Post reports. Any bets on how much longer speeches get?

WE LIKE IT HERE: Destin leaders who are pushing for a local high school might ask their kids their opinions first - the students say they enjoy Fort Walton Beach High despite the long drive, the Northwest Florida Daily News reports.

NO MORE BOUNDARY HOPPING: The Broward school district plans to crack down on families that lie about their addresses to get their kids into schools where they're not supposed to be, the Miami Herald reports.

BUDGET ROUNDUP: Miami-Dade's teacher union chief recommends saving money by eliminating the district's 1,000 teachers who aren't in a classroom, the Miami Herald reports. Martin will increase school lunch prices, the Stuart News reports. Sarasota cuts some school resource officers, the Herald-Tribune reports. Brevard proposes a plan to protect jobs, but at the expense of annual raises, Florida Today reports. Indian River's CFO says the district has no money for raises, the Vero Beach Press-Journal reports. Alachua plans to ask voters to increase the local tax rate for school operating expenses, the Gainesville Sun reports. Marion officials continue to plan for cuts, including the closing of at least one school, the Ocala Star Banner reports.

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