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Florida education news: Gender equity lawsuit, tuition increase, FCAT pressure and more



Cuts NO MAJOR CUTS: Unlike other Florida institutions, USF expects to make it through the next budget cycle without touching programs or laying off large numbers of employees.

TAXING DECISION: They don't like it, but Pinellas board members unanimously agree to raise local taxes if the budget picture doesn't improve. • Hernando board members talk down the tax idea, but don't totally rule it out. • Lee officials approve a plan that avoids a tax increase, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.

COMMUNICATION BREAKDOWN: Pasco School Board members criticize superintendent Heather Fiorentino for failing to consult with them on administrative changes, but they don't take steps to undermine the changes.

SEEKING ACCOUNTABILITY: Hernando board members call for an investigation into how some Pasco residents were permitted to enter a local magnet program.

SHE MISSED AGAIN: Pasco board member Cathi Martin misses the summer FSBA conference in Tampa, saying she was sick. The district bills her for the registration fee it paid.

SPORTS SUIT: A gender-equity group has sued the FHSAA over its game-cutting plans, saying it discriminates against girls.

TOP OF THE CLASS: Hernando team prepares to compete in International Human-Powered Submarine racesOne family produces three valedictorians

NAMING RIGHTS: Miami-Dade and Broward follow different tracks when deciding how to name schools, the Miami Herald reports.

TOO MUCH PRESSURE: Some Okaloosa parents don't like the way the state puts so much emphasis on the FCAT, the Destin Log reports.

PRIORITY PLACEMENT: Broward looks into giving laid-off teachers first right of refusal for substitute jobs, the Sun-Sentinel reports.

TUITION HIKE: Florida Gulf Coast University makes its 15 percent increase official, the Naples Daily News reports.

Duval bans student use of cameras at school unless they get permission, the Florida Times-Union reports.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 10:26am]


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