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Florida education news: FCAT tests, lottery funds, senior pranks and more

EVERYBODY PLAY: 858 Hillsborough music students and teachers aim for the world's largest stringed instrument ensemble. (Times photo, Lara Cerri)

WHO WILL GO? The Pasco School Board makes plans to eliminate 513 positions.

A LITTLE RESPECT: Florida teachers deserve better treatment from lawmakers and the general public, columnist Ernest Hooper writes.

TOP OF THE CLASS: Brooksville Elementary students share their worldwide lessons - Students learn retail lessons at Mitchell High thrift shop - Chocachatti Elementary students make projects for National Lab Day

FCAT CONCERNS: Duval officials worry results could be skewed as the state uses a curve to grade this year's FCAT tests, the Florida Times-Union reports.

WHAT ABOUT THE LOTTERY? Florida's lottery funds don't go to K-12 education despite what many Floridians expect, Sun-Sentinel columnist Michael Mayo writes.

NOT A MAGIC BULLET: Charter schools can be excellent, but letting more of them open is not necessarily the answer to Florida's public education concerns, the Gainesville Sun reports.

BULLYING HAPPENS: And the number of cases reported in Manatee schools barely scratches the surface of reality, the Bradenton Herald reports.

NICE TRY? Four Duval students are arrested after their attempt at a senior prank goes awry, the Florida Times-Union reports.

LAST RESORT: Palm Beach doesn't ban restraint of disruptive students, but stresses it should be used sparingly, the Palm Beach Post reports.

TIME TO GO: A growing number of Volusia teachers explore retirement to avoid pension and other changes coming from the Legislature, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.

BUDGET CUTS: Miami-Dade schools cut top administrator salaries, the Miami Herald reports. - Marion's projected shortfall grows $5 million beyond officials' worst-case scenario, the Ocala Star-Banner reports. - Volusia looks to larger elective classes and cuts to district staff, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.

BAD KIDS: Two Polk students are arrested on charges of beating their school bus driver, the Lakeland Ledger reports.

WHAT'S NEXT? Families try to figure out what to do after the closure of their Orlando charter school, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

Posted by Jeff Solochek at 6:14:27 am on May 12, 2011