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Tb_ufstudent_450 TASERED: Two UF police officers are put on leave as university leaders talk about how embarrassed they are that a student protesting a John Kerry speech was tasered into silence. About 100 students protest on the campus. The story is making the rounds nationally, as the Miami Herald reports. Here's more from the Associated Press. (AP photo)

PARENTS SPEAK: About 150 moms and dads show up to tell Pinellas school officials what they think about the district's new student assignment plan proposal. The big issue: the district's plan would split siblings.

USF'S IMAGE WOES: The University of South Florida wants to be a national player in the world of higher ed. Yet the attention it keeps getting nationally centers on whether Middle Eastern terrorists are in its midst. School leaders are trying to put the best shine on the tarnish.

THREE REMAIN: Eric J. Smith, a senior vice president at the College Board, was on every State Board of Education member's list to be a finalist for Florida education commissioner. K-12 chancellor Cheri Yecke and New York school administrator Joseph Marinelli also made the short list. The next interviews are set for Oct. 8. It was a particularly bad day for hopeful William Harner, who also got rejected in his bid to lead the 2,000-student Steamboat Springs, Colo., district, the Steamboat Pilot & Today reports.

GOV GETS HIGHER ED GURU: Charlie Crist has tapped Dean Colson, a Democrat, to advise him on all things college and university as the state struggles with governance and funding issues in the realm.

CASE CLOSED: The Hillsborough School Board signs off on an agreement ending a lawsuit in which a conservative activist claimed the district violated his First Amendment rights.

NO MONEY FOR BUSES: As Hernando officials redrew attendance zones, they made one so small that the district won't qualify for state transportation funding. The district likely will have to eat the cost, though, as it can't really force kids to walk across busy Northcliffe and Mariner boulevards.

REPAID: The Broward school district has sent the Pembroke Pines charter school system $855,000, a first step toward ending a fight over administrative fees the charter system says it overpaid, the Sun-Sentinel reports.

DEFEATED: Charlotte voters reject a half-percent sales tax increase that would have supported school construction, the Herald-Tribune reports. They say they're "taxed out." A precursor to Florida's January referendum on property taxes?

APPROVED: Florida Atlantic University's board finally OK's the construction of a new football stadium on campus. It needs the money, quickly, and the community will have to kick in to make it work, the Palm Beach Post reports.

AMMONS TO FACULTY SENATE: Help to make good decisions for FAMU, the president says during a speech to faculty leaders, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:23am]


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