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NEVERMIND: Largo's police chief says the city won't be removing resource officers from the schools after all. The Pinellas school district will make the program work.

SHAKE IT UP: Whoever becomes Florida's next education commissioner needs to change the department's culture. The State Board of Education needs to pick someone up to the task, the Times editorial board says.

Their 35 kids missed a total of 5,745 days of school, all unexcused. Now the 17 Duval parents face charges for violating the state's compulsory education law, the Florida Times-Union reports. The Palm Beach school district, meanwhile, will start the new school year without truancy centers because the Sheriff's Office can't afford to keep them open, the Sun-Sentinel reports.

BUDGET CUTS: Volusia and Flagler counties expect to cut school employees to make their budgets work, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports. They think they have money for raises for those who remain. Sarasota officials are acting with caution as they prepare their budget, the Herald-Tribune reports.

FRESH START: Troubled by gangs and poor academic performance, one of Denver's once-proud high schools closed for a year to revamp. It's ready to reopen now, with several reforms including longer days and a dress code in place, the Rocky Mountain News reports.

FOUR-DAY WEEK: A Dallas-area school district looks into offering classes just four days weekly instead of five, to save more than $1-million. Parents hate the idea, with nearly 1,000 showing up to complain at a district dog-and-pony on it, the Dallas Morning News reports.

EDUCATING ILLEGALS: Utah lawmakers are tired of spending state taxes to keep illegal immigrants in school. So they sent the federal government a bill, the Salt Lake Tribune reports.

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


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