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Tb_commcolleges_450x300 COLLEGE CRUSH: Florida's community colleges see enrollment soaring, as people look to hone their employability and universities bump up their admission standards. Yet the colleges' finances are lagging behind the need, as funding is based on last year's student numbers. (Times photo, Maurice Rivenbark)

IT'S NOT OVER: Lawmakers trim the education budget by 0.7 percent. That's this year. They expect to have even less money to work with next year.

BORING IS BETTER: The Hillsborough School Board has another team building workshop, and no one storms out or calls for anyone's resignation.

MAKE IT SAFER: Parents who send their kids to Rushe Middle in Land O'Lakes fear for their kids' safety as they walk and ride bikes home. They're asking for a crossing guard, something the Sheriff's Office doesn't provide to middle and high schools.

MORE COMPLAINTS: Another parent meeting draws another round of concerns about Pinellas' proposed student assignment plans.

TUITION RISING: Florida's university tuition would rise annually with the rate of inflation under a plan tentatively approved Tuesday, the Palm Beach Post reports. The Tallahassee Democrat editorializes that Gov. Crist ought to sign the bill, and come up with a policy on tuition, rather than just reacting each year.

CLUB BAN: The Okeechobee School Board says no to clubs based on members' sexual orientation, the Stuart News reports. But because the Gay-Straight Alliance preceded the ruling, it won't be affected. Just those future other clubs that focus on sexual orientation.

SMITH'S ARROGANCE: The new education commissioner has faced trouble in past jobs because he didn't listen to those who worked for him. The Palm Beach Post editorializes that it hopes Eric J. Smith has learned his lesson as he moves into Tallahassee to take the state's system to the next level.

ON THE RADIO: Palm Beach County will consider adding Bus Radio to some of its school buses, the Sun-Sentinel reports. Some leaders wonder students, carrying their own music in their pockets, will even hear it. Seminole's School Board approved the pilot program on Tuesday despite parent concerns about advertising, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

WILLING TO BEND (A LITTLE): President Bush signals some flexibility in rewriting No Child Left Behind, but remains firm on key pieces including testing and accountability, the Washington Post reports. But passage this year looks unlikely, the NY Times reports.

LET US SHARE: With the music industry cracking down on Internet piracy, Students for Free Culture is sprouting up on a growing number of college campuses, the NY Times reports.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:24am]


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