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Web_teacherpay10080_40989c PAY THEM MORE? Some Florida lawmakers have suggested paying bonuses to teachers who take assignments in the toughest schools. Teachers unions don't like the idea. But teachers do. (Times photo, Jim Damaske)

Hillsborough School Board members ask students to find ways to cut the cost of homecoming and prom. The board also plans to review all its high school attendance zones, particularly Plant High.

LIMIT COMMITMENTS: FSBA executive director Wayne Blanton advises the Pasco School Board not to make long-term financial commitments during these uncertain economic times.

SCHOOLS' CHOICE: Hernando elementary school principals will decide whether their kindergartners will receive water safety courses, which the superintendent had recommended cutting.

CANDIDATES DEBATE: Pasco superintendent candidates Stephen Donaldson and Heather Fiorentino showcase their differences.

TOP OF THE CLASS: Largo High School principal reflects as retirement nears; Cameras open students' eyes in Midtown; Admiral Farragut takes flight training full throttle

CONSTRUCTION CUTBACKS: Lee will delay several construction projects because of a lack of funds, the Naples Daily News reports. More from the Fort Myers News-Press.

CLASS SIZE CHANGES: Treasure Coast school leaders call for increased flexibility in implementing the 2002 amendment, the Vero Beach Press-Journal reports.

STILL NO DEAL: Broward teacher contract negotiations drag on, while other Broward school employees already have settled, the Miami Herald reports.

COMMUNITY COLLEGE NEWS: Florida voters will get to decide whether community colleges can seek local option taxes through referendum, the Sun-Sentinel reports. Meanwhile, community colleges gain more Bright Futures money as students increasingly turn to the two-year schools, the Palm Beach Post reports.

WHAT'S THAT LITTLE DASH? UF will begin giving students minus grades for the first time, the Gainesville Sun reports.

DROP IT: Volusia's superintendent ends her defamation lawsuit against the district's teacher union leader, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.

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