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GET ME OUT OF HERE: When teachers in the Tampa Bay area transfer jobs, they mostly are looking to get out of struggling, high-poverty schools and into someplace perceived as easier to teach.

MEAL PLAN MESS: The Hillsborough school district, already battling busing problems, finds errors in the meal plan balances for about 4,000 students.

Paswalktoschool0906_37035c GETTING TO SCHOOL: Pasco School Board chairwoman Kathryn Starkey wants the district to help parents get their kids to and from school more economically. (Times photo, Janel Schroeder-Norton)

OTHER IDEAS: With Amendment 5 dead, lawmakers begin tossing around other possibilities to alter the state's property taxes. Some suggest nothing will happen.

GOOD CALL: The Florida Supreme Court did the right thing by removing Amendments 5, 7 and 9 from the November ballot, the Times editorializes.

REPLACING CREW: Miami-Dade School Board members expect to hire an insider to lead the nation's fifth-largest district after they dump Rudy Crew, the Miami Herald reports. The board is meeting Monday to consider a buyout, the Herald reports. One possibility - Pinellas superintendent finalist Alberto Carvalho.

ENROLLMENT WOES: Martin schools report their second straight year of shrinking student population, the Stuart News reports.

ACT GAINS POPULARITY: The numbers of students taking the ACT instead of the SAT grows in Collier, with some officials saying it's probably because the ACT is easier, the Naples Daily News reports. Nationally, the ACT's growth is outpacing the SAT's, the LA Times reports.

THEY'D RATHER GO TO YALE: Enrollment in Florida Atlantic University's honors college unexpectedly drops, the Palm Beach Post reports.

Visit the Gradebook at noon for an interview with FSBA president Beverly Slough, who speaks about her effort to have Amendments 5, 7 and 9 removed from the November ballot.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:55am]


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