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Bonfieldsm_2 CRISIS TIME: Hernando has no chief finance officer and no assistant superintendent, and its superintendent is leaving in July. And the board needs to cut millions in spending. "It's not pretty," board chairwoman Dianne Bonfield, left, says. "We're in crisis now."

FIND SOMEONE ELSE: Pasco prepares to ban administrators from dating subordinates.

RAISES REVERSED: The Hernando board does an about-face on administrative raises, canceling the 1.8 percent it had granted.

MAKE THE BEST OF IT: Rather than complain, east Hillsborough families rezoned to Strawberry Crest High should take advantage of the opportunities that come with the move, columnist Ernest Hooper writes.

TOP OF THE CLASS: Oh, snap: Photo contest boosts middle schoolers' spirit / Newsome High students analyze Super Bowl commercials / McLane Middle School students explore robotics lab /

THERE MUST BE A BETTER WAY: Manatee's superintendent rejects a request to rezone more students into one of its shrinking high schools, the Bradenton Herald reports.

STILL TRYING TO CUT IN MIAMI-DADE: The latest proposal to balance Miami-Dade's budget includes deferring some wages until next year, a plan the teachers don't like, the Miami Herald reports.

CAN'T PASS FCAT? GET A PA. DIPLOMA: Palm Beach allows some struggling high school students to pursue an online diploma from a virtual school in Pennsylvania that doesn't require the FCAT, the Palm Beach Post reports.

WANT TO BE A SUPERINTENDENT? Brevard is paying up to $240,000 a year for its open job, Florida Today reports.

AROUND THE NATION:, the anonymous online gossip site, closes because of the economy, the AP reports. Immigrant families in a Virginia district seek to protect the English-language learner program from cuts, the Washington Post reports.


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