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Hernand_schools_2634397 LOOKING AT LEADERS: Hernando School Board members ponder what to do if superintendent Wayne Alexander leaves the district, as he's been trying to do.

CAN A TEACHER BE MAYOR? Dixie Hollins High teacher Teresa Zemaitis wants to lead Kenneth City, but town officials say she's not eligible because as a teacher she's already a public employee, and their charter bans public employees from serving as mayor.

SAVE, DON'T DISRUPT: The Pinellas School Board needs to act in students' best interest as it tries to cut busing expenses, the Times editorializes.

DON'T MAKE THEM BEG: Florida lawmakers should provide enough funding for school supplies that teachers don't have to turn to charitable Web sites for help, the Times editorializes.

BUDGET ROUNDUP: Florida House and Senate negotiators reach compromise on all but a few budget areas that stand between them and ending special session, the Florida Times-Union reports. Getting there meant battling with Miami-Dade lawmakers over Miami-Dade school funding, the Buzz reports. Several of Florida's key education reforms from the past decade face big cuts as the state slashes spending, the Lakeland Ledger reports. Florida Atlantic University prepares for more layoffs, the Palm Beach Post reports. Lake schools look for ways to stop losing money on pre-k classes, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

HELPING THE UNINSURED: Each year the Palm Beach school district collects insurance information on students. But it doesn't pass along the information to agencies that could assist those needing insurance, the Palm Beach Post reports.

SCHOOL GRADES: A new system to grade Florida's high schools might give many schools lower marks, but it also could help them better identify what they do well and where they need more help, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

SACKING SUBS: Manatee looks at tighter scrutiny of substitute teachers, including allowing the superintendent to fire the bad ones without board action, the Bradenton Herald reports.

2053320035_2c8cb8a7e1 LET THERE BE ICE: Titusville High again allows students to have ice in their cafeteria drinks, lifting a ban it imposed after a lunchtime ice fight, Florida Today reports. (Image from Darren Hester on

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 10:11am]


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