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Tb_usfenroll_450x300 RECORD ENROLLMENT: More than 45,000 students show up for classes at the University of South Florida's four campuses. And the incoming freshman average SAT is up, too. USF isn't the state's biggest, though. The University of Florida and the University of Central Florida have even more students. (Times photo, Daniel Wallace)

FIVE QUESTIONS: Dorie Paine, USF's associate housing director, needs only the answers to decide who will live with whom in the university's dorms. She tries to honor requests, as well.

TOO SICK FOR SCHOOL? Hernando's head nurse offers some tips on how to decide whether your child should stay home.

NO-CUT LIST: House Schools and Learning chairman Joe Pickens wants to keep some programs off the state's chopping block, the AP reports. They include college financial aid, K-12 busing, online education and services to the blind and deaf. He bends slightly on teacher performance pay, saying he might now be willing to delay the initiative by a year.

NOT JEWISH ENOUGH: As if it didn't have enough criticism from the public sector, which has accused it of being too religious, the Hebrew-based Ben Gamla charter school in Broward now faces attacks from Jewish schools as deceiving families into thinking it offers more religion than it does, the Jewish Week reports.

HOW DID THEY DO? The state was supposed to get an analysis this month of how students who attend private schools with vouchers are performing academically. It hasn't even issued the contract to begin the study, the Palm Beach Post reports.

BIG IMPACT: Lake County is considering whether to double its school impact fees, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

MORE SEGREGATION: A new report from the Civil Rights Project of UCLA says that's where the nation's public schools are headed, Reuters reports.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:22am]


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