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A4s_backpacks072308_31573c SEEKING CHEAP SUPPLIES: Tampa Bay area families are out scouring for deals as they pick up back-to-school supplies. There's no tax holiday this summer, and retailers are marking items down as much as possible to keep sales steady. (Times photo, Dirk Shadd)

Hillsborough plans a three-year break in school construction, beginning in 2010, as enrollment growth slows. The last time the district didn't open a new school was in 1994.

FIND ANOTHER WAY TO SCHOOL: Pasco looks into cutting "courtesy" bus rides, which state transportation funds don't cover, in order to save money.

HOPE THEY GET FREQUENT FLYER MILES: Hillsborough's seven School Board members have spent $150,000 in travel over the past four years, with one member - Susan Valdes - accounting for more than one third of the total. They're working on a policy to curtail the amount.

THEY'LL STILL PAY: The Indian River School Board doesn't change its decision to pay its superintendent $99,000 for sick time he didn't use at his previous job, the Vero Beach Press-Journal reports.

TOO SECRETIVE: A new study by an FSU think-tank suggests that Florida's method of calculating graduation rates is unclear and should become more transparent, the AP reports.

ACCOUNTABILITY DELAYED: A Broward charter school, facing closure after three F grades from the state, gets a reprieve from the district School Board, whose members spent more time criticizing school grades than the charter school itself, the Sun-Sentinel reports.

EXCESS PEOPLE: Palm Beach has about 110 employees who shouldn't have a job, according to the district's staffing rules. But the superintendent won't lay them off, the Palm Beach Post reports.

ELECT THAT CHAIRMAN? The Orange School Board agrees to put the question to voters of whether the board should have an elected chairman. Then it asks the courts to disagree, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

FELONY ARREST? STAY IN SCHOOL: Manatee officials find that letting a teen who has been arrested for a felony is not that unusual, the Bradenton Herald reports.

BATTLE BREWING: The Florida Association of Realtors steps into the fray over Amendment 5, which would change the way the state funds education, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:51am]


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