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DOES THE UNION MATTER? Pasco superintendent challenger Steve Donaldson has the strong backing of the teachers union, which is urging other labor groups to back him. In this anti-incumbent election cycle, the union leaders feel like they have a shot at ousting better-known incumbent Heather Fiorentino.

Kurdell THE TIMES RECOMMENDS ... incumbent Hillsborough School Board member Carol Kurdell for re-election. In part: "Kurdell, 63, brings valuable experience at a critical time for the school system." Read more here.

RAISES STILL POSSIBLE: Lee officials find there's more money than originally expected available for employee pay, the Naples Daily News reports. (Of course, that's after a bunch of layoffs.)

IT TAKES A VILLAGE: Immokalee High turns to parents and the community to seek help in raising the school's F grade, the Naples Daily News reports.

SWAT SCHOOL: Hialeah Educational Academy is a new charter high school that prepares teens for jobs in law enforcement, the Miami Herald reports.

A Brevard middle school cancels its annual Spirit Week dance because it can't afford the event, Florida Today reports.

Image_7657502_2 ARRESTED: Six gay activists ended up in jail on trespassing charges after trying to visit Palm Beach Atlantic University, where they were told they weren't welcome, the Sun-Sentinel reports. More from the Palm Beach Post. (Photo from Palm Beach Post)

Florida school leaders hold their breath as they take their official student counts this week, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

LOOKING AHEAD: Sarasota begins planning cuts for 2009-10 now, to give the public plenty of time for input, the Herald-Tribune reports.

P.E. PROBLEMS: Some Leon elementary teachers have trouble implementing the state's new physical education requirements, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.

SAFETY STRATEGIES: Okaloosa schools continue to improve security for students five years after a kindergartener rode his bike away from campus unnoticed and was killed in traffic, the Northwest Florida Daily News reports.


[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 10:00am]


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