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ABOUT THAT TRIP: St. Petersburg College president Carl Kuttler has been defending his hiring of the school's director of international studies, who some contend is not qualified, but details keep getting in the way.

Pac_house092408a_39254c A 'BLESSING' FROM THE SCHOOL DISTRICT: The Pasco School Board had a home it didn't need. Kathryn Reiter needed a home. Well, you know where this story is going. (Times photo, Brendan Fitterer)

TEACHER CRIME BLOTTER: Hillsborough fourth-grade teacher Wildalynn Harris is arrested for growing pot in her Tampa home. Pinellas high school art teacher Gerald DiPanfilo is fired for having sex with an underage student.

TOP OF THE CLASS: A school guidance counselor's calming ground (Fox Chapel Middle); Armed with mallets, they make music (Cypress Elementary); Kids, adults interact with Largo library pre-k reading program (Largo library)

THINK BIGGER: Earlier this year, Gov. Crist's office told school districts to plan for a 2 percent withholding in funding. "We were told this week that it might be smart for us to start looking for 3.5 percent," Lee superintendent James Browder told the Cape Coral Daily Breeze.

THEY NEED HELP: A new analysis of FCAT science results indicates that Florida students need more practice with the concepts, the AP reports. (As if the low passing rates didn't suggest that.)

NO MORE VALEDICTORIANS: The Lee school district moves to a system that recognizes graduating high school students with honors (summa cum laude, magna cum laude, etc.), the Fort Myers News-Press reports.

NO MORE TRAYS: Florida Atlantic University gets rid of cafeteria trays as a way to reduce uneaten food and dishwashing expenses, the Palm Beach Post reports.

UNILATERAL DECISION: The Manatee School Board prepares to vote on health benefits without employee input, as the workers' union has refused to negotiate, the Bradenton Herald reports.

SEEKING HIGH SCHOOL SOLUTIONS: The Duval school district wants to see more of its high schools succeed. But that could mean altering its magnet school program, something parents don't want to change, the Florida Times-Union reports.

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


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