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Bicker_2 HILLSBOROUGH'S BICKERING BOARD: A meeting about School Board travel expenses turns emotional as members target one another with accusations and snide remarks. "We're an overage bunch of high school kids," Susan Valdes said.

FEWER KIDS, MORE WORKERS: The Pasco-Hernando Early Learning Coalition approves a budget that includes three new jobs but cuts child care funding for 85 low-income children.

SUPPORT YOUR SCHOOLS: The budget is lean, so the Pasco school district is looking for more volunteers than usual.

THREE WEEKS AND COUNTING: The Imagine School at Land O'Lakes, a new charter school, still can't win approval for its proposed location.

BLAME THE SUPERINTENDENT: Several candidates for Collier School Board blast superintendent Dennis Thompson, saying his communication with the community is poor. Even one incumbent joins the criticism, the Naples Daily News reports.

WILL COLLEGE PICK PICKENS? Joe Pickens, most recently the chairman of the House Schools and Learning Council, is among 32 candidates to lead St. Johns River Community College, the Palatka Daily News reports.

HELPING TEEN DRUG OFFENDERS: The Bradford school district implements a new Family Education Program for first-time drug and violence offenders to attend, the Bradford County Telegraph reports.

REACTIONS TO PLEDGE SUIT: The Miami Herald gets comments from a variety of folks on the federal court decision regarding a Broward student's right to remain sitting during the Pledge of Allegiance.

UNION ON THE ATTACK: Volusia's teacher union leader accuses the administration of manipulating budget numbers and misleading the public about the severity of the district's financial situation, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.

PAY PROBLEMS: Lake spent about $600,000  more than necessary because administrators didn't follow district employment and salary rules, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

DRUG TESTING'S FIRST TEST: Manatee officials say they weren't aware of the district's plan to implement a strict new student drug testing program, the Herald-Tribune reports.

It's not easy being the teacher of an online course, the Washington Post reports. The gender gap in math achievement has disappeared, the NY Times reports. Colorado university leaders say they'd see changes in admission and scholarship decisions if voters there approve an anti-affirmative action referendum, the Rocky Mountain News reports.

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


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