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STILL THE SAME: Pinellas abandons the idea of changing school start times to save money after finding the savings wouldn't be that great.

AS IF LOW REVENUES WEREN'T BAD ENOUGH: The Pasco property appraiser announces that the Pasco School Board's taxable value is about $600-million below initial projections.

Pingrad450_25408c GRADUATION NEWS: 6,800 to graduate from Pinellas high schools next week; The strength to succeed: Three graduates' stories (Hillsborough) [Times photo, 2007]

TOO MANY TRIPS: Hernando schools spend too much time and money at the end of the year on useless field trips, columnist Dan DeWitt writes.

SIT STILL: Lee high schools move to no-frills graduation ceremonies in hopes of keeping the audience in its seat. "They want to see their kid get a diploma. They don't want to see a lot of entertainment," secondary schools director Herb Wiseman tells the Fort Myers News-Press.

THE TEACHER'S SIDE: Much maligned Port St. Lucie teacher Wendy Portillo of vote the kindergartener out infamy told police that 5-year-old Alex Barton needed to hear from his classmates how his behavior was affecting them, the Port St. Lucie Tribune reports.

NO CONFLICT - YET: Orange County leaders reject a request from the City of Ocoee to enter conflict resolution over the proposed move of the nearest high school, saying the move hasn't been approved yet so there's no conflict to resolve, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

BUDGET ROUNDUP: Taylor County plans to lay off 38 teachers as part of its expected $2.8-million shortfall, WCTV-Tallahassee reports. Florida's National Board certified teachers are fretting the expected loss of half their annual bonus, the Orlando Sentinel reports. Despite tough budget times, a Boca Raton school is slated to get a new $840,000 driveway, the Palm Beach Post reports. Volusia sets new attendance zones for kids who had attended now-closed elementary schools, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.

AROUND THE NATION: Forty-five kids, including at least one from Florida, advance to the national spelling bee finals, the AP reports (via Washington Post). Some Denver teachers are conducting a "sick-out" campaign amid stalled contract talks, the Rocky Mountain News reports.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:45am]

    

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