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NAME GAME: Would the initials be embarrassing? Would the cheers become ribald rhymes? The Pasco School Board will take such issues into consideration as it chooses names for two new schools next week.

PLEADING PARENTS: Dozens of Hernando parents urge the School Board to keep the district attendance plan as-is. Board members don't act (yet).

COMMUNITY COLLEGE CONUNDRUM: Florida's 28 colleges see their enrollment on the rise, as folks seek new skills. But their finances are taking a big hit, making it hard for them to keep up. Lt. Gov. Kottkamp acknowledges the problems, but says there's no easy fix, the AP reports.

WE WANT MORE: The City of Pembroke Pines is trying to force the Broward school district to fork over nearly $1-million more to run the city's A-rated charter school system. The district is resisting this and another request for an additional $2.5-million, the Sun-Sentinel reports.

HIGH SCHOOL MAJORS: More and more states and school districts, including Florida, are requiring ninth-graders to declare their intentions. Critics call the concept "colossally bad," while proponents say it helps kids focus their studies - just like the most successful ones have done for years, the NY Times reports.

IMPASSE: Contract negotiations aren't going well in Palm Beach County. The teachers want 8 percent raises, while the board has offered 3.2 percent. The dispute heads to a special magistrate next week, the Palm Beach Post reports.

RIP-OFF: A yearlong investigation has turned up more than 200 Miami-Dade County employees who have scammed the government's college tuition reimbursement plan. Five have been arrested so far, the Miami Herald reports.

SANCTION? OR LOOPHOLE? Few schools make major changes even with the No Child Left Behind law, even as more and more schools fall into the low-performing ranks, the Dallas Morning News reports.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:21am]


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