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FIX IT FOR THE FUTURE: Instead of grandstanding on the Bright Futures scholarship program, Florida lawmakers should review its standards and rules so the merit award doesn't harm the finances of the state's universities, the Times editorial board says.

Charityimage CATHOLIC SCHOOL - AND TOWN - TAKE SHAPE: Ave Maria University outside Naples becomes the first major Catholic university to open in 40 years. It plans to move into a permanent campus in August. The school aims to have its accreditation in place soon, which it expects will help boost enrollment, the Naples Daily News reports.

RIGHT ON: Praise for the Challenger K-8 principal who kicked out students whose parents failed to meet their volunteer obligations from the editorial board.

PLANNING TOGETHER: The city of Jacksonville and the Duval School Board reach a tentative agreement on a plan for where to build new schools and who will pay for them, the Florida Times-Union reports. The county's school concurrency plan - which every county must eventually have - must be in place by January.

ALL TALK? In the days after the Virginia Tech massacre, Florida leaders made a lot of noise about doing more to make the state's universities safer. A few months later, the results are mixed, the Sun-Sentinel reports.

NOT MOVING: Thousands of central Florida students have the option of switching schools under federal No Child Left Behind guidelines. Just hundreds are making that choice, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

WEIRD WEDNESDAYS: Manatee County will end classes each Wednesday 90 minutes early, letting kids go home so teachers can better prepare their lessons. Some parents - and board members - worry that the extra unsupervised time won't serve the children well, the Herald-Tribune reports.

KEEPING THE ARTS: Not long after threatening to scale back arts education in favor of more basics, the New York school system - the nation's largest - announces that schools must keep the arts in the curriculum. Not only that, principals will be rated on how well the programs are run, the NY Times reports.

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