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Tb_schoolsecurity_2 KEEP THE COPS: Hernando decides to continue assigning resource officers to all middle and high schools, despite budget concerns. (Times file photo - not from Hernando)

TWO WILL DO: The Hernando School Board nixes the idea of having a three-building new high school when only two structures are needed.

BUDGET APPROVED: The Pasco School Board adopts its $1.2-billion budget despite employee pleas to include raises. Board members suggest the budget can always be amended. The Times editorializes that Cathi Martin's lone vote in opposition to the plan appears to be sheer pandering.

TOP OF THE CLASS: Two schools move to continue chess champions' momentum (Wimauma Elementary, Shields Middle); Brandon elementary students absorb lessons of Patriot Day (Kingswood Elementary, Nelson Elementary)

NOT YET: The Miami-Dade School Board delays its vote on Alberto Carvalho's contract to become superintendent, the Miami Herald reports.

DRESS CODE DISPUTE: A Port St. Lucie dad gets upset when his daughter's school changes the dress code rules mid-year, the Port St. Lucie Tribune reports.

MORE SCHOOL NEEDED? Brevard examines whether to extend the school year beyond 180 days, Florida Today reports.

SURPRISE: Lee schools see a steeper than expected decline in students, prompting the district to lay off dozens, the Fort Myers News-Press reports. See a sidebar here.

WHO DOES HE WORK FOR? The Collier School Board attorney appears to be under investigation for his interactions with the district's former superintendent, the Naples Daily News reports.

SEE YOU IN COURT: Manatee teachers and district administrators will get their hearing over the union's unfair labor practices complaint in October, the Bradenton Herald reports.

NEW CHARTER: Palm Beach approves its first new charter school in two years, the Sun-Sentinel reports.

WHAT'S YOUR MAJOR? FAU starts assigning students to dorms based on common interests, hoping it will boost student grades, the Palm Beach Post reports. 

UF CELEBRATES INTEGRATION ANNIVERSARY: But 50 years after its first black student enrolled, the university is seeing its number of black students decrease, the Gainesville Sun reports.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:57am]


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