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Images ROAD RESPONSIBILITIES: The Hillsborough schools impact fee goes up 2,000 percent, and the School Board expects to use the revenue to pay for new schools. The County Commission, facing budget cuts, has other ideas - primarily, that the district pay for road improvements near schools. The dispute appears headed for court.

CONSIDERING COLLEGES: Several colleges and universities, including Eckerd College, are turning away from the US News and World Report ranking system, saying it's too simplistic. Any new measures to help teens choose a school is welcome, the Times editorial board says.

WHERE'S THE ED TALK? Candidates for president seem to have little to say about education as the campaign progresses, the Palm Beach Post reports. That could change, though, as the field shrinks, some experts say. Both Strong American Schools and the Education Writers Association are trying to push the the debate forward.

THEY'LL REGRET IT: The approval of the Ben Gamla charter school for Hebrew and "Jewish cultural" instruction in Broward opens the door for the Balkanization of the school district, guest columnists write in the Sun-Sentinel.

CONCURRENCY IS WORKING: Palm Beach County expects to have schools open below capacity this year, and officials are pleased. After years of growth, they say the district finally has enough space to escape overcrowding, the Sun-Sentinel reports.

PRAY OR PAY: A Catholic school in Wisconsin tells parents if they don't show up for Mass on Sundays, they won't get a tuition break for their kids anymore, the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reports.

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


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