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PROXIMITY TRUMPS DIVERSITY: Pinellas parents, both black and white, say they care more about where their school is located than who's in it, according to a new Times poll.

THEY ASKED FOR IT: Hernando voters supported a tax 10 years ago to build a new vocational school. The district didn't exactly deliver, and it's about time leaders reassess the school's mission, the Times editorializes.

ABSTINENCE ONLY? Can the just say no to sex message, delivered in school, really work on hormone-crazed teens out on a date? Columnist Andrew Skerritt suggests it takes more.

CHANGING CHOICES: Lee County children with autism could see their education options limited, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.

QUALITY THREATENED: Three higher education leaders - Florida International president Mitch Maidique, Miami-Dade College president Eduardo Padron and State University System chancellor Mark Rosenberg - talk about the rising cost of higher ed with the Miami Herald.

SMART, BUT ARROGANT: That's how folks describe recently fired Duval superintendent Joseph Wise. It's also how they explain why he's been fired, the Florida Times-Union reports.

SIDEWALKS, PLEASE: Manatee County is way behind in meeting the school district's request for sidewalks near schools, the Herald-Tribune reports.

WHO PAYS? Sarasota school officials say continuing a 1 percent sales tax for schools construction is critical, but some community leaders are pushing for developers to pay more first, the Herald-Tribune reports.

DID HE SAY 'BANG'? A New Jersey second-grader is suspended for drawing a picture of a gun, the AP reports.

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


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