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TOO MISLEADING: A state judge removes Amendment 5 from the November ballot, saying the language was deceptive. The proposal would change the way Florida funds public education. The state plans to appeal the ruling.

School_bus_3 NO, REALLY. WHERE'S MY BUS?
Hillsborough parents grow increasingly irked as they're still unable to get transportation information for their kids. The district says it will provide bus rides to anyone at a bus stop for the first week, or until it can get things worked out.

PASCO TO KEEP COURTESY RIDES: Superintendent Heather Fiorentino says the district won't cancel the rides to more than 2,200 students without further review. In the meantime, she plans to suggest other ways to cut spending.

LOCAL CONTROL: Hernando officials are pleased that the state plans to give the district exclusive authority over which charter schools may operate within the district.

STILL NO HOME FOR CHARTER: The Imagine School of Land O'Lakes withdraws its plans to build a new school off US 41 in Pasco after county officials refuse to approve the chosen location. The school still plans to open Monday at a leased site.

PASCO TEACHER ARRESTED: Joel Cupp, an intermediate-level teacher at Trinity Oaks Elementary, is nabbed by the Florida Attorney General's Cybercrime Unit on charges that he tried to solicit kids for sex over the Internet.

FIGHTING BACK: A coalition of interest groups representing everyone from kids to retirees is joining forces to push lawmakers to find better budget solutions than cutting everything, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

NO RAISES? Teachers throughout central Florida return to work without any extra pay, the Orlando Sentinel reports. Palm Beach teachers might get raises, though, despite recent warnings that no money was available, the Palm Beach Post reports. Santa Rosa, meanwhile, approves a contract with enhanced retirement benefits (a hint?), the Pensacola News-Journal reports.

ECO-FRIENDLY SCHOOLS: A new Palm Beach elementary school sets the "green" construction standard for future building in the district, the Sun-Sentinel reports.

WHAT'S THE ATTRACTION? A new charter school company, Mavericks in Education, hopes to use technology and celebrity to lure high school dropouts back to class, the Palm Beach Post reports.

HELPING HAND: Maybe all the teens need to keep them from dropping out is a mentor. At least, that's the thought at Choctawatchee High, which has assigned upperclassmen as guides to incoming freshmen, the Northwest Florida Daily News reports.

DROP IT: The head of Volusia's teacher union urges the superintendent to abandon her slander lawsuit against him, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.

AROUND THE NATION: Dallas teachers are upset with a new grading plan they say offers kids too many loopholes, the Dallas Morning News reports. The case over an Ohio teacher accused of branding a student for religious purposes creates a chasm in the community, the Chicago Tribune reports.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:53am]


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