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Florida education news: Class size compliance, career academies, charter school closure and more

SHRINKING RESERVES: The Pinellas school district finds its reserves about $7.7 million less than projected after higher than expected costs to meet class size requirements.

SUSPENDED: Five Pasco teachers are suspended without pay for unrelated misdeeds, including one accused of helping students on the FCAT.

GOOD GRADES: Hernando superintendent Bryan Blavatt gets high marks in his first annual evaluation.

DELAYED: The Hillsborough School Board puts off a vote on a contract that would allow more cell phone towers on school campuses.

NEEDS IMPROVEMENT: The Pasco School Board wants to see changes in the district's career academies.

TOP OF THE CLASS: Wesley Chapel High valedictorian and salutatorian - PHCC graduation speaker talks of his ups and downs

ARRESTED: A 14-year-old student is arrested for beating a Weightman Middle School teacher.

SHUTTING DOWN? A troubled Orange County charter school faces closure before the school year ends, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

LABOR NEWS: Orange County teachers approve a new salary schedule, the Orlando Sentinel reports. - Manatee teachers and administration reject contract proposals by a special magistrate, the Bradenton Herald reports.

BUDGET CUTS: Palm Beach officials propose eliminating at least 766 jobs to cut spending, the Palm Beach Post reports. - Indian River leaders say their budget cuts might not be so bad, the Vero Beach Press-Journal reports. - The Sarasota School Board looks at furloughs and fewer bus stops to save money, the Herald-Tribune reports. - Lee's expected budget shortfall grows by $10.5 million, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.

DUPLICATION? The Alachua School Board moves to eliminate adult education English classes, saying the services are provided elsewhere, the Gainesville Sun reports.

Posted by Jeff Solochek at 6:32:27 am on May 04, 2011

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