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Tb_drviersed_300 DRIVING LESSONS: Instructors try to convey the importance of driving safely, and of listening to parents, too. But at Northeast High in St. Petersburg, which is coping with the death of a young driver, it's still not clear that all the students get the message. (Times photo, James Borchuck)

HOLLOW ASSURANCES: Gov. Crist and lawmakers say they would hold schools harmless if voters approve a super homestead exemption for homeowners. But without a clear replacement revenue source, the kids could end up shortchanged, the Times editorializes.

DOUBLE WHAMMY: Fewer kids than expected have shown up for classes in Hernando, costing the district about $2.5-million. It's a painful loss in the district's $177.5-million budget, which already faced the possibility of losing $3.1-million because of pending state budget cuts.

BEWARE: Pasco teachers get a warning to lock up their stuff, after four educators at a New Port Richey elementary school report having credit cards stolen from their classrooms while they were out.

ACCESS ISSUES: Florida State University student leaders grapple with how - maybe whether - to allow all students including gays and lesbians to have full access to the student union complex, the Tallahassee Democrat reports. It appears not to be as easy as just adding words to a policy.

STILL PUSHING: Despite lawmakers' repeated rejections of the idea, school and teacher leaders continue to urge delayed implementation of the controversial Merit Award Program for performance pay, the Herald-Tribune reports.

SPOTLIGHT ON UF: This week's Taser incident has focused the nation on the University of Florida. And now some other students with concerns plan to take advantage of the attention, the Gainesville Sun reports.

ABOUT THAT WRITING TEST: Many teens say they spend hours and dollars preparing for the SAT writing section, only to learn that many colleges and universities don't think it's worth the paper it's written on, the Boston Globe reports.

REORGANIZATION SAVINGS: As Florida's school districts look to cut costs, maybe the Dallas school district could offer some ideas. The superintendent there revamped the central office and found plenty of ways to shuffle money from downtown to the classroom, the Dallas Morning News reports.

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


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