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Pac_walkout060508_26086c SYMBOLIC PROTEST: Hundreds of black-clad teachers across Pasco County walk out at quitting time - and not a minute later - to protest a proposal to freeze their pay and not honor their step increases. Not to worry, though. They expected to be back early in the morning for work. Manatee teachers plan their own "black Thursday" protest for today, too, the Bradenton Herald reports. (Times photo, Keri Wiginton)

DON'T STOP THERE: Citrus Park parents work to convince the Hillsborough transportation department that a proposed school bus stop is too dangerous for their kids.

GIVE PEACE A CHANCE: A new K-3 charter school with a curriculum focused on anti-bullying will open near Busch Gardens in the fall.

WORTH SAVING: South Ward Elementary is the oldest school building in Pinellas. It's also closing as a school, and residents should not have to fight to keep it from the wrecking ball, the Times editorializes.

GRADUATIONS: Central High (Hernando); Jefferson High (Hillsborough); Grad List for Tampa Bay Tech, King and Chamberlain high schools; Times photo gallery of graduations; For Stacey, a graduation walk to remember

A SMALL TOKEN: A Port St. Lucie school crossing guard gives $1 coins to the kids she sees daily to wish them well for the summer, the Port St. Lucie Tribune reports.

The Collier district works to get removed from the "warned status" from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, the Naples Daily News reports.

AT-RISK ACADEMIES AT RISK: New rules governing the FCAT could force Okaloosa to change the way it runs its alternative schools, the Northwest Florida Daily News reports.

WHERE WILL ALL THE CRITTERS GO? South Florida schools send their classroom pets packing, too, for the summer. Some go home with teachers, others with kids, and some get released to the wild, the Miami Herald reports.

SHE CAN'T GET ENOUGH: Brevard teacher Beecher Whisenant has taught for 60 years, and next year she'll be back for more, Florida Today reports.

Gov. Crist could sign legislation that would greatly expand online course offerings, the Miami Herald reports.

BUDGET ROUNDUP: With revenue down, the Palm Beach district adds no new construction projects to its five-year plan for the second straight year, the Sun-Sentinel reports. Broward, meanwhile, is looking to cut five construction projects from its plans to save cash, the Miami Herald reports. Sarasota, Manatee and Charlotte look to raise the rent on outside organizations that use schools on nights and weekends, the Herald-Tribune reports.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:46am]


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