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December

OK WITH STEINBRENNER: Lutz parents who live near the Hillsborough school district's new high school are indifferent to it being named after NY Yankees boss George Steinbrenner. They care more that construction remains on schedule and the attendance zones are fair.

GIFTED IN HERNANDO: A task force is trying to find the best way to create a new center for gifted students. But there's some disagreement on exactly how the center would operate.

NO MORE DELAYS: The Pinellas School Board should act now on its proposed student assignment plan, rather than putting it off for another year, the Times editorializes.

MORE WIGGLE ROOM: Some members of the Florida Legislature want to again try to scale back the 2002 class-size reduction amendment, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

REFORM THE FCAT: Florida places too much pressure on the annual exam, and needs to change its education accountability system, the Palm Beach Post editorializes.

PUSHING VOUCHERS: Former Jeb Bush aide Patricia Levesque is drafting language to put education vouchers on the ballot as a constitutional amendment through the Florida Taxation and Budget Reform Commission, the Palm Beach Post reports. But the idea faces a lot of static.

APPLICATION SURGE: Florida's public universities see a 14 percent spike in graduate school applications, with enrollment up about 7 percent, the Miami Herald reports.

SHOOTING SPITBALLS: Kids in Brevard schools might engage in some high-profile misbehavior, but mostly it's just kid stuff, Florida Today finds in a special report "Behaving badly in Brevard schools."

BONUSES INEFFICIENT: A program designed to lure top teachers to low-performing Dallas schools attracts few. Researchers say no one should be surprised, the Dallas Morning News reports.

FLU SHOT REQUIRED: New Jersey becomes the first state to mandate preschoolers get the vaccine before being admitted, the AP reports.

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