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WHEN SCHOOL REALLY IS MICKEY MOUSE: Hernando County spent more than $250,000 last year to send students on field trips to Disney World, Busch Gardens and other theme parks. With money tight, the School Board is pulling back on the purse strings, taking a closer look at each request. Perhaps it didn't help when, in December, a high school principal asked for cash to send some kids on a trip to a ski lodge in the Rockies.

ENROLLMENT SLUMP HITS CONSTRUCTION: Slowing growth is taking its toll on dozens of Florida school districts, as they try to figure out exactly how much space they need for students. Palm Beach County is reevaluating all its construction projects, the Palm Beach Post reports. Others surely will follow.

SCHOOL BEHIND BARS: None of the students want to be there. But many are pleased that, given no other choice, they get the opportunity to complete a high school diploma and better prepare themselves for the outside world. It's Community High School, Vermont's largest high school, and it all happens in the Department of Corrections, the Washington Post reports.

JUST ONE WORD: That's all it took to get school librarians moving to ban The Higher Power of Lucky, this year's Newbery Medal winner for children's literature, the New York Times reports. Some cry censorship. But many say they just want to protect young eyes from the word (read the story to find out what it is).

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:14am]


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