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GOING FULL BLAST: Pasco County is moving quickly to open its first career institute, focusing on information technology, by the start of the second semester. Lawmakers passed a law in the spring requiring districts to go this direction.

FLORIDA (PARTIALLY) PREPAID: The state's prepaid college program might not cover all the costs at UF, FSU and USF as tuition rates start to vary more across the university system, the Sun-Sentinel reports.

IN SEARCH OF ALUMNI GIVING: Florida A&M, like many historically black colleges and universities, is looking for more cash gifts to bolster its coffers as government funding dries up, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.

UPHILL BATTLE: As Florida lawmakers head back to the Capitol, the chances of them finding agreement on property tax reform looks rough, the Palm Beach Post reports.

"THE RIGHT TO HAVE THE INTERNET": Miami sixth graders who have above-average attendance, demonstrate excellent manners and get good grades could receive free laptop computers through a joint school district-city incentive project, the Miami Herald reports.

A DIFFERENT KIND OF DIVERSITY: Okeeheelee Middle in Palm Beach County seeks teachers from around the world. It now has educators hailing from 14 nations, the Palm Beach Post reports. It's not so easy to hire them as you might think.

PRICEY BOOKS: Some colleges and universities order custom textbooks, which can include extra chapters and the school's name on the cover. Students who pay the higher costs might not know they're supporting tuition scholarships and professor paychecks, the Palm Beach Post reports.

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


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