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BUDGET TALK: Pasco lawmakers and school officials have been sharing ideas about how to cope with the state's revenue shortfall without hurting education in the classroom. The legislators actually like some of the district's ideas and say they'll try to make them happen.

Slot NOT A GOOD GAMBLE: Florida shouldn't use slot machines as a budget-balancing tool, columnist Howard Troxler says. Money from gambling tends to replace, not enhance, tax dollars over time, after all. Can you say Lotto?

BUS STOP WOES: A Hillsborough mom complains that the district's new transportation plan, which includes fewer bus stops more evenly spaced, places her child's bus stop too close to a predator's home. He's not too thrilled, either.

GOOD NEWS FOR FAMU: The embattled university gets some recognition for its research efforts.

The Ben Gamla charter school, which has a Hebrew language curriculum, tells the Broward School board that it won't stop teaching Hebrew as demanded, the Sun-Sentinel reports.

ANOTHER ONE BITES THE DUST: Leon County teachers and school officials decide not to offer performance pay, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.

SETTLED: Broward teachers agree to 5.6 percent raises after all-night negotiations, the Miami Herald reports. Several districts, meanwhile, continue to put off money talk until after the upcoming legislative special session.

Many Manatee families scramble to pick up their kids at noon as the district begins its early-release Wednesday program, which is to give teachers more collective planning time, the Herald-Tribune reports.

SUNSHINE LAW VIOLATION? Florida Gulf Coast University's board faces criticism over the way it is choosing a new president, the Naples Daily News reports.

The College Board is out of the student lending business, citing new rules and regulations that make the business too difficult, the NY Times reports.

GIVE THEM CREDIT? More than 80 Dallas school district officials have been disciplined over credit card misuse, the Dallas Morning News reports.

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


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