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WAITING GAME: Pinellas expects dozens of applicants for its superintendency. So far, just seven have put their names in. The holdup? Florida's open records law, which often keeps hopefuls from applying until late in the game to keep their names out of the paper.

IF IT'S FRIDAY, WE'RE NOT HERE: Hernando becomes the latest Florida school district to close on Fridays during the summer to save on utilities.

SORRY: Hernando superintendent Wayne Alexander apologizes to parents who couldn't get in to see their kids graduate from Hernando High and admits error.

PINCHING PENNIES: FSU has money to spend while other universities are scrimping, thanks to politically savvy leaders who saw the economy turning sour and stashed away cash.

FCAT INVESTIGATIONS: One Palm Beach school is cleared of suspected wrongdoing on the annual exam, while two others face scrutiny over problematic answer sheets, the Sun-Sentinel reports.

GET HELP: Florida Gulf Coast University has a new policy allowing officials to withdraw students who have severe issues - such as eating disorders and suicidal tendencies - and refuse treatment, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.

GOING CHARTER: The city of Weston investigates creating its own charter school system to counter crowding in the Broward schools that serve it, the Miami Herald reports.

A 23-year-old Palm Beach teacher lauded as a positive role model is non-renewed after officials discover she had sex with an 18-year-old student, the Palm Beach Post reports.

NO GOATS: Five recent grads of Eustis High face up to a year in jail for a school prank involving two goats who left a mess in a classroom, forcing the delay of a final exam, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

BUDGET ROUNDUP: The Teamsters who represent Collier's custodians say they have a plan to protect the janitors' jobs while also improving employees' benefits, the Naples Daily News reports. Escambia alters school start times to save $1-million, the Pensacola News-Journal reports.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:47am]


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