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THE TROUBLE WITH TOILETS: Kids stuff them with paper, scrawl graffiti on the walls, sometimes have sex there. And then they wonder why school officials try to control access to the restrooms.

CRIST TO SIGN: The governor says he's pleased with the new Merit Award Program that lawmakers overwhelmingly approved this week. Here's the Miami Herald version of the story.

PRIVATE FEEL, PUBLIC SCHOOL: Students and parents who don't want to get lost in the crowd of a super-sized public high school are taking a close look at 300-student Brooks-DeBartolo Collegiate High School, a charter school that opens in the fall.

KIDS ARE JUST KIDS: Even if they're in high school. So says the newest high school principal in Hillsborough County.

SCHOOL JANITOR ARRESTED: For inappropriately touching an 11-year-old girl at a Clearwater school. Enough said.

WHAT A LESSON: Some Palm Beach County students studying marine biology in the keys make a detour to save three stranded fishermen, the Palm Beach Post reports.

WHEN YOU THINK YOUR BOARD IS BAD ... Just think about this guy. The Orange County, Calif., school board member goes on about conspiracy theories, refuses to participate in many votes and discussions, and generally makes himself disliked to the point where parents are trying to remove him, the LA Times reports.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:15am]


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