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QUESTIONABLE COLLEGES: Walt McNeil, Florida's juvenile justice secretary, is far from alone in claiming a degree from a school that's less than reputable. Experts say hundreds of diploma mills exist, potentially damaging the legitimacy of a real degree.

ABOUT THAT LIBRARY: Fire inspectors tell Academy of the Holy Names that its library doesn't meet fire code - five years after it was built and approved.

NEW SCHOOL SITE: Hillsborough officials pick up property to put an elementary school in the University area, hoping to ease crowding of three nearby schools.

HOW CAN SCHOOL MONEY DISAPPEAR? An internal audit of Pasco High from 2005-06 provides a virtual road map of ways that cash can slip through the system. Superintendent Heather Fiorentino says the district has good rules, if they're followed.

MESSAGE-WE CARE: USF president Judy Genshaft writes a letter to the editor asserting her commitment to campus security.

PICK UP THE PHONE: Hillsborough schools should dump the practice of suspending kids until their parents make contact with the school, the Times editorializes.

GOOD, BUT NOT GOOD ENOUGH: Twenty-two teachers of the year, including the district winner, don't receive merit pay bonuses from the Martin County school district, the Palm Beach Post reports.

TRANSPORTATION TROUBLES: The top two administrators in the Osceola district's transportation department are removed amid several investigations into department practices, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

MONEY WOES: If you think this year's state budget looks bad, just wait. That's the message of the Taxation and Budget Reform Commission, which is discussing changes in education funding, among other possible changes, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.

MORE INCENTIVES FOR KIDS: New York is considering giving high achieving students free cell phones and airtime for their performance, the NY Times reports. The city education department isn't thinking about lifting its school cell phone ban, though.

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


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