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SPECIAL SESSION CANCELED: Unable to reach agreement on how to cut the budget, lawmakers have called off their special session that was to begin Sept. 18.

Blomberg FCAT SCRAMBLE: After FCAT scores plunged in March, interim Florida education commissioner Jeanine Blomberg demanded her staff find answers. E-mails between officials, obtained by the Times, show just how urgently Blomberg (left) sought explanations and honesty to restore the public's trust.

NEW SRO's REJECTED: Pasco commissioners deny Sheriff Bob White's request to add new deputies, including four new school resource officers. Now the School Board has some tough choices about whether to reassign officers away from elementary schools.

NO BACKUP: Withlacoochee River Electric wants to remove its backup generators from the Pasco school district headquarters and two high schools, just as the hurricane season heats up. It's all about money.

APPROVED, ANYWAY: The Hernando School Board signs off on its 2007-08 budget, knowing further cuts could come after lawmakers cut the budget. Contract negotiations remain stalled.

DRIVER RESIGNS: The Hillsborough bus driver whose crash injured 11 kids has quit her job.

USF STUDENT LEADER FACES OUSTER: Barclay Harless, the student government president, is being investigated for violating the university's alcohol policy.

TOO MUCH, TOO SOON: A growing number of parents question the value of homework, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

WOULD YOU LIKE TUTORING WITH THAT? The Manatee and Sarasota school districts are trying to improve customer service, the Herald-Tribune reports.

DEAL: Alachua teachers net a raise in their contract, the Gainesville Sun reports.

NO MORE RESEARCH UNIVERSITIES: The state can't afford them, Board of Governors member Stanley Marshall says during a speech, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.

GIVE THEM THE MONEY: Gov. Crist is unrealistic in his stingy approach to the state's universities, the Sun-Sentinel editorializes.

SPELLINGS CRITICIZES NCLB DRAFT: The Education Secretary says the proposed changes would make it too difficult to know if schools are making real progress, the NY Times reports. She adds that they would create too many loopholes, the Washington Post reports.

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


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