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A TAXING PROBLEM: Florida is not alone in trying to ease the tax crunch on property owners. Several other states also are tackling the issue, with mixed results. One of the key issues - older home owners have less tolerance for school taxes, as they don't have kids in school anymore.

HELPING HAND: An anonymous donor hands over $5,000 to help pay for school supplies for needy children. It helps a lot, but there's still more help needed in Pasco County.

WHEN TO TRAVEL: The Hernando School Board is trying to hash out a field trip policy, keeping the focus educational. The topic came up after the board felt it got its arm twisted into approving a winter holiday ski trip.

SCRAP THE MAP: The Palm Beach School Board is calling on lawmakers to postpone implementation of the teacher performance pay bonuses as the state struggles to meet its budget, the Palm Beach Post reports.

IT'S NOT THE FIRST DAY: School in Florida is not starting this week, unlike in past years. The Orlando Sentinel explores what the longer vacation means to attractions, day cares and, most important, to kids.

TURNING AROUND: FAMU's F-rated developmental research K-12 school is working to get its school improvement plan in place, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.

P.E. PLANNING: Palm Beach gym teachers are still trying to figure out how to follow Florida's new 150 minutes per week P.E. requirement, the Sun-Sentinel reports.

D'OH: A new study says that the Baby Einstein videos actually are creating baby Homer Simpsons, the LA Times reports.

ACCOMMODATING ISLAM: Several universities are installing foot baths and taking other steps to make it easier for Muslims to pray. The cries of "double standard" are increasing, the NY Times reports.

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


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