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Genshaft_54219a USF FREEZES HIRING, SPENDING: In preparation for big budget cuts, USF president Judy Genshaft aims to ensure that student graduation plans and research activities continue. Faced with similar financial problems, FAMU considers an employee furlough among its options, the Tallahassee Democrat reports. (Times photo, 2008)

PARENTS BLAST BOUNDARIES: More than 400 east Hillsborough parents show up to comment on proposed new high school zones. Most don't like them.

SUB SUES PASCO: Jim Piculas, who accused the Pasco district of firing him for "wizardry," now accuses the district of slander, defamation and libel.

'THIS IS YOURS': Pasco teacher of the year Kathryn Bylsma tells her class that she couldn't have earned the honor without their efforts.

TEACHER PAY ON THE TABLE: Clay officials consider cutting salaries by 3 percent to deal with their budget shortfall, the Florida Times-Union reports. Lee teachers ponder how to answer a survey asking if they'd take pay cuts to avoid layoffs, the Fort Myers News-Press reports. A special magistrate rules that Polk has no money for raises this year, the Lakeland Ledger reports.

UNHAPPY WITH GIFTED CHANGES: Collier parents ask officials to end an abrupt move to mainstream their gifted children, but get no promises, the Naples Daily News reports.

CLASS SIZE CONCERNS: Lee school and political leaders worry that they can't afford to fully implement the class size amendment, WINK-TV in Fort Myers reports.

WHERE IN THE WORLD? Geography classes are disappearing from Brevard schools, Florida Today reports.

CHARTER WOES: The city of Pembroke Pines seeks to raise more money to keep its A-rated charter school system afloat, the Sun-Sentinel reports. Lake hires an independent auditor to ensure that the charter schools in the district have fixed their financial problems, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

NO UNION: The Tallahassee Community College board of trustees will not recognize the United Faculty of Florida to represent its teachers, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.


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


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