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NO EASY TASK: Supporters and opponents of Florida's proposed property tax changes have little time to convince voters, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.

REDUCING REMEDIATION: More than half of the students entering Florida's community colleges require extra skills to qualify for college-level classes, costing the state millions. Several of the colleges are taking steps to scale back the need for such remediation, as is the state, the Palm Beach Post reports.

FILLING THE GAP: For-profit career colleges flourish as adults return to school looking for specific job skills, the Miami Herald reports.

RICH DISTRICT, MEAGER RAISE: The Naples Daily News continues its review of why Collier County, considered wealthy by most, has offered its teachers a 1 percent raise.

MANATEE'S MOLD COMPLAINTS: The Manatee district has so many people with runny eyes, scratchy throats and other symptoms of mold and mildew that it's hired experts to look at the schools and offer some remedies, the Bradenton Herald reports.

GROWTH PLAN PANNED: Gainesville city leaders aren't too thrilled with the Alachua school district's plan to cope with growth in the city's west end, the Gainesville Sun reports. They worry about what might happen to east Gainesville.

SEEKING A LEADER: The Brevard school district has reopened its regional superintendent search, after having frozen the position because of state budget concerns, Florida Today reports.

FIX THE FCAT: Gov. Charlie Crist, a former Florida education commissioner, must repair the "madness" imposed by his predecessor's insistence on test-based accountability, Ocala Star-Banner editorial page editor Brad Rogers writes.

REWARD TEACHERS FOR PERFORMANCE: Florida's education system has improved despite what FCAT naysayers say, and teachers should get better pay when their students' results merit it, Diario las Americas editorializes.

"I'M IN SCHOOL TO LEARN": An Illinois girl and her family sue over the state's "moment of silence" in schools law, the LA Times reports.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:31am]


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