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SON BENCHED, PRINCIPAL HOWLS: Coaches say they're harassed, now they cry foul. The decision to sit the son of Countryside High's principal was based on his inability to hit the ball, say the coaches, who have resigned and filed a complaint with the Pinellas school district against the man. The principal denies any wrongdoing.

WHAT DO YOU WANT TO BE? With a little guidance, Florida eighth graders are trying to figure out what major to choose for high school. A visit to one Tampa middle school reveals that they're treating the task like, well, middle school kids. To read the story, click here.

GIVE IT BACK: Nearly 350 Palm Beach teachers have to write their school district a check after the district payroll department makes a $900,000 error, paying them too much. The average amount: $2,600. The new payroll system has made other mistakes, too, since going into effect in July, the Sun-Sentinel reports. Here's the Palm Beach Post version.

GIFTED FUNDING FROZEN: Lawmakers appear settled on capping, rather than eliminating, funding for high school gifted programs. Parents and students are relieved, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

There's not any more money for teacher performance pay, the Miami Herald reports, but there is some extra for raises. University and college tuition will rise 5 percent, despite the governor's wish to keep the amount the same.

NO MORE VALS AND SALS: The Palm Beach school district would give college-style honors, like magna cum laude,  rather than focus on No. 1 and No. 2 under a proposal from superintendent Art Johnson. The battle for the top spot has gotten too intense for Johnson's taste, the Palm Beach Post reports.

SENIORITIS SETS IN: They were supposed to be in class. Instead, they decided to party at a friend's house. The 22 D.C.-area seniors, and a couple of underclassmen, got suspended, the Washington Post reports.

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


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