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Brn_smith101008_41129c_3 ON THE HOT SEAT: A group of Alafia Elementary parents wants to dump principal Ellyn Smith (left), saying she has created a hostile environment for teachers and parents at the A-rated school.

CLASS SIZE QUESTIONS: A committee of educators and parents grapples with the potential consequences of the class size amendment, with plans to make recommendations to Hillsborough superintendent MaryEllen Elia later this fall.

IT'S BOUNDARY TIME AGAIN: Hillsborough hires a consultant to help draw attendance zones for two new schools.

TOP OF THE CLASS: A room of barnacles and jellyfish (Denham Oaks Elementary); Special-needs kids get the opportunity to create (Cotee River Elementary); Bloomingdale High artist aspires to study architecture

RESEGREGATION: Schools around the nation, including in Pinellas County, are abandoning busing programs, effectively resegregating their students, the Wall Street Journal reports.

GO TO SCHOOL: Next week is Florida's official student count, which determines how much money districts receive, the Naples Daily News reports.

Bilde_2 ABOUT THAT RAY-HAWK: Other Tampa Bay area school district officials say they wouldn't have suspended Zachary Sharples for his 'do (right), the Herald-Tribune reports.

SUPPORT FOR AMENDMENT 8: Florida's community colleges have given so many successful people their start. The community should back these schools with local financial support, El Nuevo Herald columnist Daniel Shoer Roth writes.

GAY GROUP CAN VISIT: Palm Beach Atlantic University, a private Christian school, reconsiders its ban of a gay student rights group from campus, the Palm Beach Post reports.

FACING CLOSURE: FAMU's developmental research school has yet to make AYP, prompting concerns it might not stay open, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.

BEYOND SPANISH AND FRENCH: Duval considers approval of a Russian bilingual charter school, the Florida Times-Union reports.


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