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POPULAR NO MORE: A former UF hot spot that brimmed with activity sits vacant and unused, the project that was supposed to rise there bogged in controversy.

SEEKING INPUT: Pasco school officials wants to hear what business leaders need as the district plans its future career academies. So far, just 20 have responded to a survey that the district wants finished by mid-December.

IMAGE PROBLEM: Violent crime in Duval schools is dropping, but the perception remains that schools are dangerous, the Florida Times-Union reports.

BAD PUBLICITY: The Palm Beach school district knew that George Luongo had a felony arrest in his background when it allowed him to work for one of its dropout prevention programs. Luongo proved successful in the job. Even so, he's being forced from his job, the Palm Beach Post reports.

NEVER MIND: After much indecision over where to build a new high school, the Broward School Board decides just not to build it at all, the Miami Herald reports. How it will resolve its crowding problem remains to be seen.

WHAT TO EAT: There's a battle afoot in Congress, and also among food activists, over an effort to further restrict sales of candy, sugared drinks and fatty foods in schools, the NY Times reports. As if pulling it off the cafeteria line will stop kids from bringing in the "contraband" items in their lunch bags.

WHAT'S YOUR CLASS RANK? Increasingly, it doesn't matter as universities in several states including Florida look to other measures of success when deciding whether to admit an applicant, the Dallas Morning News reports.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:28am]


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