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Kids_graduating_1496_7 PREPAID CHANGES: Now that UF, FSU and USF can charge higher tuition than other state universities, the Florida Prepaid College Plan will change to reflect the different options. By the way, have you heard of a college investment plan? Finance columnist Helen Huntley introduces the more flexible program.

KEEPING THE CULTURE ALIVE: Two teachers from Mexico lead a day camp in Clearwater to help transplanted Mexicans retain their language and heritage.

LEARN EARLY: The Pasco-Hernando Early Learning Coalition, which is supposed to oversee education programs for children ages 0-5, has been too busy dealing with politics. The group needs to get back to its mission, the Times editorial board says.

LOOKING TO FLORIDA: Texas will turn to Florida for guidance as it starts up its own version of a virtual school, the Houston Chronicle reports.

CRUNCH TIME: The Florida university system faces a $61.5-million shortfall this budget season. Leaders will gather Tuesday to consider their options, the Tallahassee Democrat reports. Some worry that they have no more fat to trim.

HUNTING FOR HACKERS: School districts are looking for new and creative ways to keep tech-savvy kids out of their databases, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

SCHOOL COMES HOME: Tutors visit the homes of Palm Beach County's migrant students - often the most academically needy - to help them keep up during the summer, the Palm Beach Post reports.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:19am]


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