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0_61_crist_charlie CRIST OFFERS BUDGET SOLUTIONS: The governor seeks to shield K-12 education from too much pain, but at the expense of higher education, which he would cut. He made his recommendations on how to cut the state budget the day after lawmakers canceled a special session, unable to do the same. To see the governor's full proposal, click here.

KEEP ON BUSING: Area school districts try to keep track of their bus drivers' accidents and get rid of the ones with too many. But a few fall through the cracks, including the woman who crashed a Hillsborough bus earlier this week.

FOREIGN LANGUAGES NEEDED: As the community grows more diverse, the need to speak more than English grows. Yet language lessons in the elementary schools - where many say they do the most good - are few and far between.

WORSE THAN CHILDREN: The Times editorial board gives the Hillsborough School Board an A for bad behavior, in the wake of the board's less-than-professional team-building workshop.

THANK GOODNESS FOR GENERATORS: The Pasco school district has reached a tentative agreement with Withlacoochee River Electric that would keep backup power at the district HQ and two high schools.

DUMB STUDENT ALERT: Three Freedom High students were arrested for trying to blow up their school with bunsen burners in their science lab.

BUDGETS ON THEIR MINDS: School board members from across Florida fret about finances during a FSBA retreat, the Naples Daily News reports.

SOME DEAL: Broward teachers are asked to approve a contract that gives better raises to the folks who negotiated it than to the rank and file, the Sun-Sentinel reports.

COURT RULING COULD JEOPARDIZE FUNDING: An Escambia case calls into question whether school districts can use tax-increment financing - a popular form of borrowing - without voter approval, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

LAYOFFS POSSIBLE: Some Volusia teachers could lose their jobs as the district deals with lower than expected enrollment, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.

DON'T PAY FOR GRADES: Giving students money for meeting academic goals is just the start of a slippery slope toward paying them to do anything well, a Christian Science Monitor columnist writes.

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


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