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Tb_just_450_24738a MANNERS ON MONDAYS: Their neighborhood is rough, their family life tough. But regardless of their circumstances, a select group of Just Elementary students become ladies and gentlemen when Mondays roll around. (Times photo, Carrie Pratt)

MAKING HISTORY: The Florida Legislature created a budget in which local property taxes provide a larger portion of public education funding than state taxes, creating a possible constitutional showdown over the state's responsibility to pay for schools.

GRADUATION TIME: Bishop McLaughlin Catholic High celebrates its 44 graduating seniors. Genesis Preparatory needs just 2 minutes for its processional of 13 graduates.

EVACUATION TIME: East Lee County High evacuates for the second time in two days, with some folks inside complaining about dizziness, vomiting and more. Officials are trying to get to the bottom of the problem, the Naples Daily News reports. More from the Fort Myers News-Press.

OPEN TOES AND PANTYHOSE: The principal of Palm Beach Gardens High requires girls to wear hose during graduation, much to their discomfort on a 90-degree day, the Palm Beach Post reports.

5-YEAR-OLD VOTED OUT OF CLASS: A St. Lucie mom is considering a lawsuit after her son's teacher allowed his kindergarten class to vote him out of the room, the Port St. Lucie Tribune reports. The boy is being diagnosed with a form of autism and had been having discipline problems.

WORK DONE, SCHOOL WAITS: The principal of F-rated Nims Elementary in Leon can sense the progress her school has made, but still must wait until July to see if it rates her target grade of A, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.

COLLEGE PREZ RETIRES: Robert McClendon will step down as president of St. Johns River Community College after 36 years, the Palatka Daily News reports. Other reports have indicated that term-limited state Rep. Joe Pickens is his likely successor, but the school says its search will take months.

SETTING STANDARDS, TEXAS STYLE: Experts worked on Texas' new reading and English standards for three years. But the State Board of Education tossed out that proposal in favor of one written just hours before the vote by social conservatives on the board, the AP reports (via Dallas Morning News).

Visit the Gradebook at noon for an interview with graduating Riverview High senior Antonio Dowels, who talks about his perseverance toward graduation despite a paralyzing car crash.

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


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