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Cans 'CAN YOUR FINES': Some Hillsborough school librarians waive students' fines for late books if the kids donate a can of food to charity. (Image from North Carolina Wesleyan College)

NOTHING IN THE BIBLE SAYS IT: Tampa-area Christian school leaders don't find anything in scripture banning girls from playing sports on boys' teams. With sidebar.

STOP GAMING THE SYSTEM: Rather than criticize the court for ruling against the Florida Schools of Excellence, voucher groups should try to find constitutional ways to help Florida schools, FSBA attorney Ron Meyer writes in the Tallahassee Democrat.

SAVED: The City of Palm Bay in Brevard agrees to let a troubled charter school refinance its debts so it can remain open, Florida Today reports.

BE SMARTER THAN THAT: Florida's school districts should stop looking for federal bailouts and instead work with the feds to create a better education investment program, the Sun-Sentinel editorializes.

LEARNING LITERACY: Literacy coaches in Okaloosa keep looking for new ways to help students comprehend material, the Destin Log reports.

JUST SAYING NO: Top Palm Beach administrators are rejecting their raises and asking the teachers to do the same, the Palm Beach Post reports.

FREE SPEECH VS. SCHOOL RULES: A Broward charter school student gets suspended from school from things she writes about a teacher on her social networking site, so she sues the school. Welcome to the new legal frontier, the Sun-Sentinel reports.

NO SPECIFIC MENTION: Alachua board members reject a proposal to ban bullying specifically based on sexual orientation or gender identification, the Gainesville Sun reports.

MORE CELL TOWERS, PLEASE: Neighbors might not like them, but Manatee schools see cell towers as a possible source of revenue, the Herald-Tribune reports.

STUDENTS IN NEED: Sarasota Booker High has plenty of them, so teachers there hold a food and clothing drive to help, the Herald-Tribune reports.

EXTENDED: Judy Bense will stay an extra year as UWF's interim president, the Pensacola News Journal reports.

Visit the Gradebook at noon for an interview with state Rep. Will Weatherford, chairman of the House state colleges and workforce development appropriations committee.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 10:08am]


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