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GIVE WITH ONE HAND, TAKE WITH THE OTHER: To hold education "harmless" under Amendment 1, Gov. Charlie Crist proposes increasing local property tax support of education - exactly what the amendment is supposed to stop, the Times editorial board notes.

EXPECT NOTHING: State lawmakers tell Hernando leaders, including the School Board and other local governments, that new money isn't coming. "There is almost a zero percent chance of getting new funding next year," Rep. Robert Schenck said.

FLORIDA'S $60-MILLION INCENTIVE - TO OREGON: The state sends roughly the same amount of money it cut from its own public universities to the Oregon Health & Science University to lure that school's research unit to Florida's east coast.

NO MORE AID: Floridians attending private universities could lose their "resident access grants" of $3,000 each under the governor's proposed education budget, the Sun-Sentinel reports. Lawmakers have been considering cutting the program, questioning its value and the return on investment.

FAITH IN SCHOOLS: Money's tight. Volunteers aren't always plentiful. But churches have bevies of the faithful just looking for someone to help. And Jacksonville schools are taking up the offer, the Florida Times-Union reports.

NOT INTELLIGENT: Intelligent design has no place in Florida's science curriculum, state Rep. Dan Gelber writes in a letter to the Palm Beach Post. An excerpt - "The Board of Education is likely to vote on the new science standards in February. No matter what the outcome, legislators will have an opportunity to have their say when the legislative session convenes the following month. I fear the worst."

COME THROUGH FOR SCHOOLS: Lawmakers need to remember their "hold harmless" pledge for education as they return to Tallahassee, the Orlando Sentinel editorializes.

NOWHERE TO RUN: Samoset Elementary in Bradenton had to add portables to meet the class size amendment. Now they're in the way of the school's ability to meet the state's new P.E. requirement, the Herald-Tribune reports.

BIG CUTS: FSU eliminates 218 jobs as the trustees approve $30-million in budget cuts, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.

ONE MORE CHANCE: The Media Arts Academy, fondly known as Hip Hop High, gives failing urban Los Angeles teens another chance at success. The charter school exemplifies the best and worst of the charter movement, the LA Times reports.

Visit the Gradebook at noon today for an interview with Kathryn Bylsma, science department chair at Long Middle School in Pasco and a member of the state science standards framers and writers committee.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:32am]


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