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OVERSTATED: In the fight against the state's upcoming constitutional amendment to change the property tax structure, opponents inflate the amount of pain the change would inflict on public schools.

TIME TO APPLY: Now that the Pinellas School Board has approved its new student assignment plan, parents soon can begin signing their children up for various programs including magnets. The process begins with getting ID's made.

SUPPORT THE PINELLAS TAX: The Pinellas district is asking voters to renew a local property tax increase to help pay for salaries and operations. The Times recommends a yes vote.

THE BOTTOM LINE: Florida university tuition is on the rise. Here's a look at the numbers and what they mean.

MORE MENTORING NEEDED: The Council on the Social Status of Black Men and Boys is issuing its report this week, recommending more adult input into the lives of black boys, the Miami Herald reports.

INTERVENTION: A special magistrate will look into a Collier County teacher contract dispute, the Naples Daily News reports. The teachers have been protesting a 1 percent raise offer.

CHOOSING A GOVERNANCE SYSTEM:
Osceola County voters will decide whether to have single-member school board districts this month, after groups threatened to sue for greater representation, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

GIVE THE MONEY TO SCHOOLS THIS TIME:
Gov. Crist and the Legislature should make sure the revenue from new gambling deals adds to the education budget, and doesn't just replace existing funds as the lottery income has done, Florida Today editorializes.

BEING INNOCENT DOESN'T MATTER: Manatee teacher Maria Cropsey was found not guilty of altering FCAT answer sheets but she lost her job anyway, and now she can't find a new one, Herald-Tribune columnist Tom Lyons writes.

SEEKING A BETTER REPUTATION: Central High has been a place for potential dropouts to get back on track. But the alternative school has carried an image as being the home of bad kids. Now it's seeking a PR makeover, the Bradenton Herald reports.

WIN A TRIP TO CHINA: The St. Lucie school district is offering students a chance to win a trip to the Olympics through a multimedia contest sponsored by Panasonic, the Palm Beach Post reports.

DISTILLING DATA: The U.S. Department of Education has created a new information "dashboard" for each state to give the public a quick overview of how students are doing, the Washington Post reports. To see the DOE reports, click here.

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