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CALENDAR CONTROVERSY: Despite objections by some that it would smack of favoritism, a committee of parents, students and Hillsborough County school district employees has recommended closing school on Good Friday - and no other religious holidays - next year. The School Board, which last year approved a calendar without religious holidays only to fold under pressure, still must make the final decision.

NEW FCAT ON THE WAY: Florida is revising its academic standards. A new look FCAT will follow on its heels, the Associated Press reports. Nobody knows exactly what that means yet, though.

LEADING THE NATION: Florida has a larger percentage of high school seniors taking and passing Advanced Placement tests than any other state. It also wins accolades for strong participation among minority groups.

SEEKING A SUPERINTENDENT: Experience or promise? That is the question as the Hernando County School Board seeks to replace retiring superintendent Wendy Tellone. The board gets some advice as it reviews candidates for the district's top job.

YOU CAN'T MAKE EVERYONE HAPPY: Efforts to draw attendance zones for five new schools drew complaints from two displeased Pasco County communities when the proposals came before the School Board. The board asked the administration to take a closer look before coming back for a final vote.

ABOUT THAT PROPERTY TAX CUT IDEA: It might not apply to school district taxes, Gov. Charlie Crist's education budget chief told lawmakers Tuesday. Democrats aren't impressed, the Miami Herald reports.

COULD IT HAPPEN HERE? The Broward County school district has declared a "weak roof" emergency, saying that the roofs on 18 schools pose a threat to student safety. It's the district's second such emergency this year, the Sun-Sentinel reports, and it will cost millions to repair.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:14am]


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