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418332 POOR STILL PAY: Gov. Charlie Crist vetoed tuition increases for Florida's public universities. He did not kill a hike in the cost of community college workforce development programs, meaning some of the state's poorest students would pay more to gain work skills like welding. Crist's staff says it's an oversight that will be fixed.

HEART TROUBLES: Pat Fagan, chairman of the Hernando County School Board, is recovering after a quadruple bypass. He suffered a mild heart attack over the weekend. He will not serve his duties for at least four weeks.

CHANGES COMING: Pasco superintendent Heather Fiorentino says she has heard teacher complaints about the way she has implemented a new system of teaching strategies, and that they'll see "dramatic improvements" in the coming year.

SPENDING TIME: For the second straight year, the Pasco-Hernando Early Learning Coalition ends up spending hundreds of thousands of dollars at the last minute. For the second straight year, coalition leaders pledge that it won't happen again.

PERSEVERANCE PAYS OFF: After suffering a tough sophomore year, Ray Principe could have given up. Almost did. Instead, he reapplied himself and graduates from Springstead High in Spring Hill on time, this week.

CAN FLORIDA SCHOOLS BE THAT BAD? Only 29 percent of them made adequate yearly progress under No Child Left Behind. The real problem is likely flaws in the federal law, USA Today says in an editorial.

BOUNDARY JUMPERS, BEWARE: The Palm Beach school district is about to make it a crime to enroll students outside their assigned attendance zone without proper permission, the Sun-Sentinel reports

CAN YOU SPELL BEWUSSTSEINSLAGE? It's the favorite word of one of the contestants in this year's National Spelling Bee. Fifty-nine of the 286 participants make it past the first round to compete in the semifinals and finals, which will be televised, the Washington Post reports. (By the way, that word means a state of consciousness devoid of sensory components.)

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