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UNPOPULAR PROVISIONS: A survey shows that Florida voters aren't too keen on a Jan. 29 property tax plan referendum, which would, among other things, cut about $2-billion from education over five

INVEST IN POOREST STUDENTS: For the new Pinellas student assignment plan to work, the school district must commit extra funds to the most impoverished children, St. Petersburg mayor Rick Baker writes in an op-ed piece.

STUDYING ABROAD: The number of U.S. college students taking a semester overseas is up 8.5 percent from a year ago, the AP reports.

Florida still manages to place three public university leaders among the top 10 nationally when it comes to pay, the Sun-Sentinel reports. High pay for presidents is becoming more usual, the NY Times reports, with a dozen private college leaders earning more than $1-million.

FAIR TRADE: A Palm Beach high school teacher convinces her students who can't pass FCAT to skip lunch social hour to study for the test. In exchange, she pledges to run a triathlon, the Palm Beach Post reports.

THE PRINCIPALS' JOB: The Manatee School Board is revising the job description of its campus leaders, the Herald-Tribune reports. Officials say it has nothing to do with recent troubles over the enforcement of the dress code at a Manatee High football game.

HELPING BOYS OF COLOR: The Polk school district wins an $800,000 grant to deal with the particular learning needs of minority boys, who struggle mightily in the district, the Lakeland Ledger reports.

COLLEGE ACCOUNTABILITY: Wisconsin moves to the front of the pack, agreeing to post college "report cards" based on test results within four years, the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reports.

Reminder: Schools are closed today in Pinellas, Pasco and Hernando counties in recognition of Veterans Day.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:26am]


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