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Tuition Hike: The Board overseeing Florida's universities tests its authority by voting to raise tuition 5 percent beginning in January 2008. Even though they are in a spat with lawmakers over who has the authority to do so, this increase might stick. Legislative leaders agree with the hike.

TALKING SMACK: USF students are ready to give some, for a change, now that their football team is nationally ranked. USF takes on No. 5 West Virginia tonight in a game to be broadcast on ESPN2.

PLAN HURTS: The new student assignment plan frustrated a crowd of mostly black parents, grandparents and teachers in south Pinellas last night. They fear their children's education will be made worse.

MAGNET MONEY: Hillsborough receives $3.12 million for magnet schools in the first year of a three-year grant.

GOOGLE TELLS ALL: South Florida students googled the name of their new band director and discovered a questionable past, including charges of embezzlement. He was fired, the Palm Beach Post reports.

LOAN AID APPROVED: President Bush signed into law a bill that overhauls the national college loan program. The Washington Post details the many changes that include increasing Pell Grants.

DREAM ACT DENIED: In the U.S. Senate, Republicans blocked an effort to grant legal status to illegal immigrants who have graduated high school, the NYT reports.

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


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