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Calendar CALENDAR WAR: Three years after a student asked Hillsborough leaders to recognize a Muslim holiday, the district continues to battle over which days to give off in its academic calendar.

Pinellas leaders ponder whether to shut five elementary schools as the district enrollment shrinks.

'NO CUTS TO EDUCATION': That's the stance the Senate Dems are taking as they head into discussions about Florida's financial crisis, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.

WHERE TO CUT: Manatee's proposals to balance its budget -- such as cutting middle school sports and replacing teachers with substitutes -- have angered parents, the Bradenton Herald reports. Miami-Dade prepares to consider $89-million in cuts, including a downsizing of administration, the Miami Herald reports.

GRAD RATES UP: Treasure Coast schools see increases in their numbers of high school graduates, the Vero Beach Press-Journal reports.

KEEP THEM: The City of Weston abandons its idea to take over the public schools within the city limits and make them charter schools, the Miami Herald reports. More from the Sun-Sentinel.

SEEKING UNIFORMITY: Broward officials discuss setting one class schedule for all middle and high schools as a way to save millions, the Sun-Sentinel reports.

CHANGE IT BACK: Orange parents hate the district's changes to school start times and want them reversed, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

SURPRISE: A Montessori school in Stuart closes unexpectedly, leaving parents and students in the lurch, the Stuart News reports.

STEPPING BACK: Facing denial, Imagine Schools withdraws several charter school applications from the Florida Schools of Excellence Commission, the Gainesville Sun reports.

NO MORE MAKEUPS: The Florida Department of Education waives the need for districts to make up more days missed because of Tropical Storm Fay, Florida Today reports.

AROUND THE NATION: AFT president Randi Weingarten speaks about education reform in D.C., saying no items except vouchers should be off the table, USA Today reports. The NY Times also covers Weingarten's speech. A Dallas area school district moves to fire its superintendent amid allegations that he illegally lent money to employees, the Dallas Morning News reports.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 10:04am]


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