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Education news and notes from Tampa Bay and Florida

Today's education news: Budget news, Bright Futures, sushi lunch and more

California-roll DON'T WORRY. IT WON'T BE RAW: Pasco plans to debut sushi on its lunch menu, starting with free samples at Wiregrass Ranch High.

UNSUSTAINABLE: Florida lawmakers reluctantly come to the conclusion others have pointed out for years: The state can't afford Bright Futures unless the rules change.

SICK SCHOOLS: Hillsborough reopens the three schools it closed because of swine flu. • The district discovers a case of TB at Armwood High, but decides it's not serious enough to shut the school. • Broward won't reopen Hallandale High despite the new CDC advice, the Sun-Sentinel reports.

MIXED REVIEW: Hernando superintendent Wayne Alexander gets good marks for his job performance, but the School Board also warns him to improve his leadership style.

EMPOWERMENT PLAN: Pinellas decides to give its principals more direct control of their schools.

TWO TO GO: Pasco appoints three principals, leaving two slots for next year unfilled.

TOP OF THE CLASS: Central High School's JROTC cadets rack up a load of honorsChallenger K8 teachers bring outer space insideFox Chapel classes make quilts for kids at research hospitalLand O'Lakes High valedictorian and salutatorianGrace Christian School valedictorian and salutatorian

BETTER, BUT STILL NOT GREAT: Florida schools will get more money per student next year than this year, but it's still less than their funding of two years back, the Orlando Sentinel reports. •  Not every district will see a per-student increase, either, the Tallahassee Democrat reports. •  Lee officials say that lawmakers are overstating the good news about the budget, the Fort Myers News-Press reports. •  Brevard expects to cut $30 million, not as bad as its original $100 million projection, Florida Today reports.

STILL PLANNING FOR LAYOFFS? UF leaders won't use one-time federal stimulus money to cover recurring costs, like salaries, the Gainesville Sun reports. •  Santa Rosa school officials say they'll try to save jobs with the money, the Pensacola News-Journal reports.

HE QUITS: A member of Manatee Community College's foundation resigns in protest over the way the school went about changing its name, the Bradenton Herald reports.

CUTTING RELIGION: Devoutly Christian Palm Beach Atlantic University will eliminate its Religious Life department because of tight finances, the Palm Beach Post reports.


[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 10:22am]


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