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SHE STILL WANTS TO TEACH: The state is poised to take away Jennifer Porter's teaching certificate. The former Tampa dance teacher, who fled a hit and run that killed two children and injured two others, says she will fight the effort.

CALL HER EEYORE: Pasco County School Board member Cathi Martin has missed half of the board meetings held since September. But don't think she's ignoring her duties. She's had a string of bad luck that you wouldn't wish on an enemy. To read our story, click here. To read a transcript of her eight-minute explanation, delivered at a board meeting Tuesday, click here.

The 7-year-old knew he had something "very dangerous" in his pocket. So he gave the $8,900 worth of crack to the principal of his Tampa elementary school. Believe it or not, he's not being subjected to a zero tolerance policy. He's getting praise for his decision, and gets to stay in school.

GIFTED ADVOCATES: Fearing their children weren't getting what they need in school, a group of Hernando County parents of gifted children form a support and advocacy group.

QUIET RESIGNATION: He chance for reappointment almost none, embattled FAMU board chair Challis Lowe withdraws her application.

CONTINUED REACTION TO SHOOTING: State universities and lawmakers are still looking for ways to be prepared in case they have to deal with a massacre like the one at Virginia Tech this week. The biggest improvements are expected in communications.

LOSING FEDERAL AID: Florida school districts will get about $58-million less in Title I funding, which supports the education of low-income children, the Herald-Tribune reports. Officials begin seeking ways to ensure the money that remains gets to the classroom.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:16am]


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