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Education news and notes from Tampa Bay and Florida

Today's education news: FCAT results, Bright Futures, bills in jeopardy and more

Lockerclean450_66481c GETTING READY FOR THE FLU: School districts in Florida prepare for the possibility that they might have to close because of the illness yet still provide education. (Getty Images photo from Dallas, Texas)

NOT SO BRIGHT FUTURES: Florida lawmakers allow tuition to rise $200-400 beyond the amount of the state's popular college scholarship.

FCAT WRITING: Here's the latest from Pinellas, Hillsborough, Pasco and Hernando schools.

UNION SCUFFLE: St. Petersburg College president Carl Kuttler and his son are investigated for an off-campus dispute tied to union complaints at the college.

WHAT'S THAT SOUND? USF-Tampa installs sirens to alert students and others on campus of emergencies.

GET A JOB: Pinellas school and community leaders hope to keep kids occupied over the summer so they don't get into trouble.

FIND A REAL SOLUTION: Florida lawmakers' failure to craft meaningful long-term budget reform threatens public education over the long haul, Florida Today editorializes. • Still, state education leaders say the budget that's shaping up is better than they expected, the Pensacola News-Journal reports.

ON THE BUBBLE: The Florida House is poised to deny Miami-Dade College the right to call a local tax referendum, the Miami Herald reports. • Some lawmakers are balking at a plan to open a pharmacy school at USF, the Lakeland Ledger reports.

NO LAYOFFS: Central Florida Community College announces cuts but avoids layoffs for next year, the Ocala Star-Banner reports.

WHAT TO TEACH? Brevard Community College looks into the skills and training it needs to provide students for jobs of the future, Florida Today reports.

AROUND THE NATION: Dallas, Texas, school board members are criticized for unilaterally extending their terms from three to four years, the Dallas Morning News reports. • U.S. colleges see growth in the numbers of Chinese applying to attend, the Washington Post reports. • Nearly 300 schools have shut across the country because of swine flu concerns, the Chicago Tribune reports.

DON'T FORGET: No school today in Hillsborough and Pasco.

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


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