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MORE CUTS COMING? The Legislature's latest property tax plan would reduce education funding by about $2.4-billion over the next five years. (That's less than under the now-defunct super-homestead exemption plan.) Education leaders say they hope lawmakers will make good their promise to hold schools harmless as revenue shrinks. The super-homestead exemption concept, meanwhile, heads to the state Supreme Court, the Palm Beach Post reports.

MORE CHARTERS APPLY: Three groups seek to open new charter schools in Pinellas. Five more are planned for Hillsborough. Also today, the State Board will consider requests from 40 districts to have exclusive authority to grant charters. To watch the session online, visit the board's website. (The meeting begins at 8:30 a.m.)

"IT'S NOT PRETTY": Two Pasco schools face restructuring if their students' academic performance doesn't dramatically improve. Superintendent Heather Fiorentino tells the School Board that all options, including replacing the whole staffs, remain on the table. What's the national status of schools facing restructuring under No Child Left Behind? Check out this NY Times story for more.

USF LEADER LEAVING: Renu Khator, USF's second in command, takes the top job at the University of Houston. To see the Houston Chronicle's version of the story, click here.

A HOME FOR PORN: The University of South Florida's technology incubator includes a company that helps porn surfers avoid detection. Critics are complaining.

DON'T SUSPEND THEM: Educate them. The Palm Beach superintendent unveils a plan to keep suspended students in centers aimed at helping them academically, rather than pushing them farther away from school, the Sun-Sentinel reports. To read the Palm Beach Post version, click here.

SHOULD THEY? OR SHOULDN'T THEY? Parents enrolling in Florida's prepaid college program now must decide whether to cover the higher tuition and fees associated with UF, FSU and USF, the Florida Times-Union reports. Enrollment began Monday. For more, visit the program website.

IT WORKS FOR 8-YEAR-OLDS: Sarasota brings in an elementary principal to turn around its only D-rated high school, the Herald-Tribune reports.

REMEMBER TO CALL THE TEACHER SIR: The Chicago school system commissions the first high school run by the U.S. Marines in the country, the Chicago Tribune reports. The district plans to have an Air Force-run high school by 2009.

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


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