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MANAGING GROWTH: For years, Pasco County - the nation's eighth-fastest growing county - has struggled to provide enough school seats for its rising population. On Monday, the School Board and County Commission will review plans to control the situation. High on the agenda: the board's request to significantly increase impact fees.

CHOICE GRANT: If you missed it yesterday, the Hillsborough school district is getting a multi-million federal grant to support school choice. Officials plan lots of academic experiments for kids in poverty.

Former state representative Eleanor Sobel, elected to the Broward School Board last November, plans to resign by next June to seek a state Senate seat. The Sun-Sentinel reports that in October 2006, the Democrat said she would abandon a Senate run to commit to the board.

LOBBYING NO-NO: Florida International University in Miami violated state law by using public money to pay for private lobbying efforts, the Miami Herald reports.

KEEP YOUR PANTS ON: A Martin County teen faces a nine-week suspension for mooning in P.E. His parents say he was simply the victim of too-big gym shorts, the Palm Beach Post reports.

THANKS FOR ASKING: The special task force looking into FAMU's finance and management problems tells university president James Ammons that he can't have their budget, as he requested, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.

TEXAS AND STEROIDS: Like Florida, Texas is implementing a steroid testing program for high school athletes. Texas is more aggressive, though, and will test all of the athletes. And, if students want to challenge the results, they'll have to pay for the retest themselves, the Houston Chronicle reports.

KENTUCKY'S COMMISSIONER SEARCH: If you think Florida's search is problematic, check out Kentucky's efforts, as detailed by the Louisville Courier-Journal.

DID YOU KNOW? The LA Unified School District board makes just $26,000 a year. A citizens panel is recommending a 73 percent raise - if members don't hold any other job, the LA Times reports. How does that compare with the board pay in your smaller district? (LAUSD is the nation's second-largest, with more than 700,000 students.)

Visit the Gradebook at noon for an interview with early education advocate David Lawrence, who speaks about the pros and cons of Florida's prekindergarten program as it enters its third year.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:20am]


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