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Piggybank320_2 TAXING DEBATE: Lawmakers are discussing a "super" homestead exemption for Florida property owners. It wouldn't affect schools directly. But districts wouldn't be totally immune: The proposal would cut as much as $7-billion from the education budget over five years. Some lawmakers wonder if it's the "biggest cut to educational funding in history." Here's the Palm Beach Post take on the issue.

SPELL IT OUT: Maybe you know NCLB and DIBELS. What about WLOTE? Which meaning of HHS is intended? Pasco school district paperwork is awash in alphabet soup, requiring a 53-page acronym dictionary to figure it out.

WHERE'S MY KID? A couple of Hillsborough parents get a scare when their young children don't show up at their afternoon bus stop, after summer reading camp. Spoiler alert: Everything turned out fine.

JEWISH PRESCHOOL ON THE WAY: As eastern Pasco grows, so, too, does its Jewish population. The Tampa Jewish Community Center and Federation is looking to tap into the families there.

PART TEACHER, PART COMEDIAN: Mike Foley, a former Times executive, now teaches journalism at the University of Florida. He recently was named one of the school's teachers of the year.

FREE RIDE: The inaugural class at UCF's medical school will have its tuition and living expenses covered, thanks to some deep-pocketed donors.

'WHEN CAN I GO BACK TO SCHOOL?" Oliver Lauredo, who has Asperger's syndrome, wants to attend Miami's respected MAST Academy. The school district opposes that plan. The fight - one of a growing number that parents have filed challenging district plans for their disabled children - is costly, the Miami Herald reports.

PAY THEM, TRAIN THEM, SUPPORT THEM: That's the key to attracting and retaining hard-to-find science and math teachers, the Washington Post reports.

HE HAS A (CONTROVERSIAL) DREAM: Oak Norton, a Utah school parent, wants to put a poster proclaiming "In God We Trust" in every classroom in Utah. His enthusiasm is widespread, but far from unanimous, the Salt Lake Tribune reports.

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