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Florida education news: High school graduation, senior pranks, career education and more

Closedforsummer_color EARLY RELEASE: Hillsborough closes two schools for summer a week early due to a confirmed case of swine flu. (Image from

GO AHEAD AND WALK: Hernando High's senior pranksters will work community service hours as punishment for messing up the school, but they'll still get to participate in graduation. (Their Hudson High counterparts were not as lucky. See post below.)

PINELLAS VALS AND SALS: Check out short bios of each of the Pinellas valedictorians and salutatorians.

TALKING TAXES: The Bay School Board considers imposing an added local property tax to cover expected shortfalls in state funding, the Panama City News-Herald reports.

TOUGH CHOICES: Now that Orange has decided not to close six schools, its budget crisis looms even larger, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

LESS CASH FOR CAREER ED: Florida lawmakers put fewer resources into career and technical education even as they require school districts to expand these options, the Herald-Tribune reports.

LABOR NEWS: The Manatee district and its support employees strike a tentative contract deal, the Bradenton Herald reports. •  Florida Atlantic University will lay off 30 workers and eliminate 140 positions, the Palm Beach Post reports.

PAY MORE: Edison State College proposes higher fees for a dozen courses running a combined $2.4 million deficit, the Fort Myers News-Press reports. • Many colleges around the country are increasing fees to cover costs, and when it comes to sports fees, many students are saying, No way, the NY Times reports.

TAKE IT AGAIN: Tallahassee Community College sees a 31 percent increase in students taking remedial summer courses, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.

HE GOT WHAT?! Florida A&M hears hot debate over president James Ammons' six-figure bonus, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.

Visit the Gradebook at noon for an interview with Brevard School Board member Karen Henderson, who talks about her district becoming Florida's first to impose a new, higher local tax for operational needs.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 10:24am]


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