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MAKE OTHER SUMMER PLANS: To cope with worsening finances, Florida's universities and colleges might cancel their summer classes. Other cuts also are on the way. More on the universities' concerns about bad news from the Tallahassee Democrat.

THE FACTS OF LIFE: Suncoast Waldorf School in Palm Harbor focuses kids on life more than books, looking at education as an art form. "I just think there's so much more you can give children," founder Barbara Bedingfield said. "We like to say 'Head, heart and hands.' Every lesson has those elements."

ON THE HOOK: Contractors at the Learning Gate charter school in Lutz must pay a fine or replace the trees they removed from the environmentally-focused school's campus without permits.

DEAL FOR HERNANDO TEACHER: The Hernando High teacher accused of stealing money from a student's wallet would return to the classroom under the agreement, but without back pay for the time he was suspended pending an investigation.

THEY WANT TO TRAVEL: Florida universities are fighting a law that bans travel to Cuba, saying it hinders their academic freedom.

BONUSES SAFE: Extra pay for National Board certified teachers aren't facing the budget axe, Senate education appropriations chairman Stephen Wise says at a hearing, the AP reports.

Maybe the Legislature could find something more important to do for Florida's youth than ban low-hanging pants, Palm Beach Post columnist Frank Cerabino writes.

KIDS HELPING KIDS:  A group of Port St. Lucie high school students mentor seventh graders in science, under the philosophy that the middle schoolers will pay more attention to the teens than to teachers, the Palm Beach Post reports.

FAMU NEWS: Leroy Pernell, FAMU's new law school dean, arrives in Orlando earlier than planned to reassure students that the school is on the way to better times, the Orlando Sentinel reports. Meanwhile, lawmakers criticize the work of the university's task force charged with improving operations there, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.

The fired superintendent of Collier schools alleges that his former School Board bosses colluded behind the scenes to oust him, the Naples Daily News reports.

PLEASE DON'T GO: The Lee School Board moves to keep superintendent James Browder after learning he has applied to lead the Florida High School Athletic Association, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.

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


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