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Tct_foster052308_24327c ALREADY SAD: The school year hasn't ended yet, but longtime Gorrie Elementary principal Susan Foster already is starting to miss the place, knowing she's retiring in June. (Times photo, Ken Helle)

THIRD-GRADERS GET FCAT NEWS: A smaller percentage fail, meaning fewer retentions next year. Here are the stories out of Pinellas, Hillsborough, Pasco and Hernando.

USF TO CUT JOBS: The university announces $35.6-million in budget reductions, and warns this is just the first round.

NICE TRY: An applicant to head Hernando's growing gifted education department seeks more money than the district offers, but gets none of it. Meanwhile, the School Board gives superintendent Wayne Alexander a raise. At the same meeting, Hernando principals offer their wish lists for new programs, but a lack of funding won't help their cause.

PLANNING AHEAD: The Pasco School Board buys 98 acres in east Pasco for a high school site it won't need for more than a decade.

GET READY FOR IT: Pasco teachers should understand that the economy just isn't good enough for them to get raises this year, but in exchange the administration should try to be understanding and keep teachers' work load under control, the Times editorializes.

JEB'S PRESENCE: He may have left office nearly two years ago, but former Florida governor Jeb Bush remains a force in the state's education policy circles, the AP reports (via Naples Daily News).

BE GLAD YOU'RE NOT THERE: The Fairfax, Va., school district hastily announces that classes will end two days earlier than planned, sending parents into a child-care tizzy, the Washington Post reports.

BUDGET ROUNDUP: Teamsters plan to demonstrate outside a school to protest Collier's effort to outsource custodians, the Naples Daily News reports. Escambia has agreed to staffing cuts, but still has $8.6-million more in spending to trim, the Pensacola News-Journal reports. The Miami-Dade School Board scraps a plan to eliminate 516 jobs, leaving it to find another way to cut the $33-million that the cut would have saved, the Miami Herald reports. Port St. Lucie looks to add a $10 surcharge to parking tickets to help fund school crossing guards, the Port St. Lucie News reports.

BUDGET, CONTINUED: About 100 Orange students demonstrate against their district's plan to change school start times to save money, the Orlando Sentinel reports. About sixty parents protest over the same thing in Santa Rosa, the Pensacola News-Journal reports. Manatee teachers might fight a planned pay cut in court, the Herald-Tribune reports. Brevard announces plans to keep all employees but freeze pay, Florida Today reports. Community leaders are still trying to stop Volusia from closing their school, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.

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


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