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Jennifer AprilbioTENSE TIMES: Hillsborough School Board members Jennifer Faliero (left) and April Griffin (right)  go at it again, this time during a debate about travel expenses.

BUS TIMES: Pinellas superintendent Julie Janssen calls for new start times for middle and high schools to save transportation costs.

CROWDED TIMES: Pasco agrees to buy 20 acres so it can build an elementary school in Odessa, where three-year-old Oakstead Elementary has 22 portables out back.

FINDING FINANCIAL AID: As high school seniors prepare for college, Pasco career specialist Michelle Chamberlain offers advice on where to find scholarships and grants.

TOP OF THE CLASS: Their assignment: Weed, water and study the garden (Hernando Explorer K-8); K-kids take environmental responsibility seriously (Hernando Floyd K-8); Fox Chapel teacher adds compassion to the curriculum (Hernando Fox Chapel Middle); Teaching aid comes with a collar (Pasco Oakstead Elementary); Renaissance fair was centuries in the making (Pasco Gulf High)

RAISES FOR FGCU: Florida Gulf Coast University faculty will get 1 percent plus a $1,000 bonus, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.

ANTI-BULLYING: Districts around the state are adopting new anti-bullying and anti-harassment policies to conform with new state law. Stories from the Stuart News and the Fort Myers News-Press.

FIGHTING WITH IMAGINE: The Alachua School Board isn't thrilled with Imagine charter schools coming to town, but eventually relents, the Gainesville Sun reports.

NEW DEAL: USF and Manatee Community College will hash out a new agreement regarding students' transitions, now that MCC plans to offer more four-year degrees, the Bradenton Herald reports.

MORE TAKERS: A Pensacola-area high school sees more students in the cafeteria line after opening a new cafeteria, the Pensacola News-Journal reports.

WHAT'S IN A NAME? Quite a bit when your high school is named after an early leader of the KKK, the Florida Times-Union reports.

AROUND THE NATION: A growing number of districts turn to performance pay for teachers, USA Today reports. Some parents choose to home-school their children simply to avoid forcing their kids to get state-mandated vaccinations, USA Today reports.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 10:01am]


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