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Celltower CELL TOWER FIGHT ESCALATES: Parents vow to fight Hillsborough County's new rule allowing schools to erect towers without a public hearing.

HERNANDO SUPERINTENDENT QUITS: "I love this job and this community, but I love my wife and stepkids a lot more," Wayne Alexander said, explaining his decision to depart. Alexander also writes a letter to the editor defending his recent actions with the board.

PASCO APPROVES CONTRACTS: Employees get no added money, but they do get to keep their jobs. Leon teachers reach a similar agreement, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.

HILLSBOROUGH REVAMPS BOUNDARY PROPOSAL: Officials change the zones so 400 kids won't have to move, after parents complain.

TOP OF THE CLASS: C-SPAN civics bus comes to West Hernando Middle; Nature Coast Senior voices appreciation for veterans; Challenger K-8 kindergartners have 100 things to celebrate; Homeschooler, 7, wins writing contest using a baseball theme; Bishop Larkin students celebrate Catholic Schools Week

Nalbikes020409_55378c_2 RIDE AROUND ECKERD: Eckerd College revives its Yellow Bike program, putting $30,000 into its budget for new bicycles students can use to get across campus. (Times photo, Dirk Shadd)

Q&A WITH ERIC J. SMITH: The Orlando Sentinel asks Florida's education commissioner about funding, class size and more.

TEXT MESSAGES ARE FOREVER: But jobs aren't. A Broward teacher gets fired for texting a female student to ask her for a date, the Miami Herald reports.

GETTING CLOSER: Marco Island residents work to overcome opposition to a high school in their city, the Naples Daily News reports.

FCAT PREP: Leon schools get students ready for next week's FCAT writing exam, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.

POLK SCANDAL TOUCHES ALACHUA: A Gainesville company is implicated in a work for gifts investigation that has led to the resignation of at least one Polk school official, the Gainesville Sun reports.

AROUND THE NATION: New York will break up a 2,251-student high school to hew to its smaller-is-better philosophy, which still has little research to back it, the New York Times reports. A rural California district bans "Bless Me, Ultima" because of profanity, the Los Angeles Times reports.


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