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Tb_gonzales_450x300 PROTESTS, BUT NO TASING, BRO: A speech by former attorney general Alberto Gonzales goes off without major incident at the University of Florida. (AP photo)

RHODES SCHOLAR: Joe O'Shea of Dunedin becomes Florida State University's third student ever to receive the high academic honor.

PASCO COMPLAINT DENIED: A hearing officer sides with the Pasco school district on an unfair labor practices charge filed over the summer by the United School Employees of Pasco.

STACKED? A new committee appointed to study school impact fees in Pasco is dominated by developers who, admittedly, bear the brunt of such a fee, though they usually just pass it on to buyers.

WHAT'S NEXT? BLUE FLU? Collier teachers begin working to the strict word of their contract - no extra time for free - in protest of the district's 1 percent raise offer, the Naples Daily News reports.

NEW MIAMI-DADE BOARD MEMBER: Gov. Crist picks a moderate Democrat who has been serving in the Florida House to complete the term of a Miami-Dade School Board member who died in office, the Miami Herald reports.

TROUBLE AHEAD: The University of Miami's marine research vessel slammed a shallow reef and sailed away without reporting it. Now that the feds know, the university and the ship's captain face heavy penalties, the Miami Herald reports.

NEW SCHOOL FOR NEGLECTED AREA: Central Bradenton will get its own neighborhood elementary school for the first time in 15 years, the Herald-Tribune reports.

DISENGAGED: Community college students in Florida, as around the country, rarely use the services provided for them, Florida Today reports.

ANOTHER CHALLENGER: Lake County joins the growing dispute over who has the final say over charter schools, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

SEEKING POOR STUDENTS: With their student diversity dwindling, elite colleges and universities like Harvard are actively recruiting low- and middle-income applicants, the Washington Post reports. They even have money available to make it affordable. Quick. Apply now.

WE DON'T EVEN COMPARE: A printing error has invalidated the US results of a reading test used to compare 15-year-olds around the globe, the New York Times reports. All the other countries got it right. Oops.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:27am]


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