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Middleschool_53424a FILING SUIT: Pinellas teachers expect to sue the school district today, aiming to end the district's seven-period schedule for middle schools. An arbitrator has found the schedule violates the teachers' contract; superintendent Julie Janssen has resisted changing it back. (Times photo, Dirk Shadd)

STREET LIGHTS FOR BUS STOPS: Hernando County agrees to light about a dozen school bus stops on busy roads.

DON'T JUMP OFF THE BUS: St. Petersburg High senior Joshua Sage dies from injuries sustained when he jumped off a moving school bus. Grief counselors will be at the school today.

PROTEST ENDS: Two Miami-Dade moms end their hunger strike in opposition to school funding cuts made in Tallahassee, the Miami Herald reports.

SAFE FOR NOW: Private colleges escape major budget pain in Florida's recent special session, but still worry about the possible loss of the Florida Resident Access Grant, the Lakeland Ledger reports.

RALLY IN TALLY: The Florida PTA plans to head to the Capitol in March to urge lawmakers to better fund public education, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

SCHOOL NURSES GET BUSY: Collier schools see a spike in students visiting the nurse's office as more children have no health insurance, the Naples Daily News reports.

LAYOFFS LOOM: Palm Beach prepares itself for layoffs to deal with expected budget cuts next year, the Palm Beach Post reports.

A SENSE OF HISTORY: Florida A&M's Marching 100 has a special place at Obama's inauguration, NPR reports.

WATCH WHAT YOU SAY: Brevard high school students say they're fixing up their social networking pages to be more mature, just in case college admission officers or potential employers are looking, Florida Today reports.

AROUND THE NATION: A Washington State teacher seeks to remove "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" from schools because it uses the n-word, the LA Times reports. Congress moves to give public schools billions in its stimulus package, but only if they follow certain guidelines, USA Today reports.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 10:12am]


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