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A RESCUE EFFORT: Florida's university system stands in disarray - high student-teacher ratios, budget cutbacks on the way. The culprits? Too-low tuition and a stubborn Legislature unwilling to do anything about it. Parents, students and university leaders deserve better, a Times editorial says.

REMEMBERING DESEG: What really mattered, columnist Joel Achenbach recalls, was good teachers and committed parents.

SEX ED CRITICIZED: Believe it or not, Palm Beach County schools are adding more information about sexually transmitted diseases and contraceptives to the sixth-grade lessons, which have generally focused on abstinence, the Palm Beach Post reports.

HOW MUCH FOR A BUREAUCRAT? The Orlando Sentinel visits an obscure state report showing just how much some Florida school districts spend on principals and administrators, per student. It finds smaller districts at a disadvantage.

A NEW TYPE OF INTEGRATION: The San Francisco school district tried using socioeconomics instead of race to diversify its school populations. It hasn't worked as planned, the NY Times reports.

WE WALK LESS: Schools in the south have the lowest level of kids walking to school, the AP reports.

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


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