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Florida education news: Teacher layoffs, cell phone towers, school grades and more

TIME TO REMEMBER: The Wiregrass Ranch High School Class of 2011 buries a time capsule to reopen at its 10-year reunion. (Times photo, Brendan Fitterer)

TESTING TROUBLES: Florida students taking a new computerized algebra end-of-course exam run into server problems with test-maker Pearson.

LOCAL DISCRETION: The Hillsborough School Board continues a contract that lets principals decide whether to lease property for cell phone towers.

SLASHING SPENDING: Pasco school officials prepare to inform employees of layoffs on Thursday. - Hernando schools look to cut $11 million without significant layoffs.

COLLEGE VETO? Gov. Rick Scott threatens to veto about $100 million in college construction projects.

THREE MORE YEARS: St. Petersburg College extends the contract of president Bill Law.

TOP OF THE CLASS: Land O'Lakes High School valedictorian and salutatorian

WHO'S NO. 1? Some Brevard high schools have trouble selecting their valedictorian with the competition intensifying, Florida Today reports.

TOUGHER TO GET AN A: The Florida Board of Education approves changes to the grading scale for Florida schools, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

APPROVED AT LAST: The Florida Board of Education okays Duval's plans to improve its struggling schools after several failed attempts, the Florida Times-Union reports.

TOP PICK: The Lee School Board selects Monroe schools superintendent Joseph Burke to lead the district, the Fort Myers News-Press reports. - Monroe residents and leaders wonder who's next for them, the Keynoter reports.

BUDGET CUTS: Pink-slipped Broward teachers blame district leaders for failing to protect their jobs, the Sun-Sentinel reports. - Walton voters help stave off massive cuts with their reapproval of a local property tax for schools, the Northwest Florida Daily News reports.

LABOR NEWS: Palm Beach teachers reject the district's latest contract offer that offers only some teachers raises, the Sun-Sentinel reports.

Posted by Jeff Solochek at 6:10:28 am on May 18, 2011