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Florida education news: Pink slips, iPads, FCAT and more

NEARLY $1 MILLION FOR WHAT? The Hillsborough School Board finds itself on the defensive for its order of 900 iPads for student use. (AP photo)

ON EDGE: Pasco school teacher Mary Jordan makes plans in case she's laid off, and offers a career change website to others who might face that fate.

ON LEAVE: A Pinellas regional superintendent faces investigation for her involvement with a for-profit education company.

FACING DISMISSAL: Two Pasco teachers are appealing recommendations that they be fired for inappropriate classroom behavior.

ALL TOGETHER NOW: The Wesley Chapel High Class of 2011 gathers one last time before graduation to take a group photo and reminisce.

TOP OF THE CLASS: Central High's NJROTC waits to learn if it has won another national award - West Hernando Middle students write, produce a musical

ONE IN A TRILLION CHANCE: Four Jackson County high school students have their FCAT retake exams invalidated after the state found their responses too similar, the Jackson County Floridian reports.

CHECK IT OUT: The Palm Beach School Board asks state investigators to look into possible ethics violations by former superintendent Art Johnson, the Sun-Sentinel reports.

WHAT TO READ: A newly approved law cuts back the review process for Florida textbook selection, the News Service of Florida reports.

PAY UP: State College of Florida will increase tuition and fees, the Bradenton Herald reports.

WHY LAYOFFS? Sun-Sentinel columnist Michael Mayo wonders why Broward teachers face layoffs while their counterparts in Palm Beach and Miami-Dade don't. - Miami-Dade superintendent Alberto Carvalho says his district will not release any teachers, the Miami Herald reports.

BUDGET CUTS: Duval plans to eliminate 10 varsity sports as it slashes spending by about $90 million, the Florida Times-Union reports. - Volusia scales back busing for specialized programs, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports. - Monroe officials seek to extend a local-option tax to cover some of their projected shortfall, the Keynoter reports.

Posted by Jeff Solochek at 6:22:45 am on May 19, 2011