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Tb_bog_450 HARDER TO GET IN: With money tight, Florida's university system is considering a plan to reduce enrollment. (Times photo, 2005)

INCREASING VOUCHERS: Rep. Trey Traviesa files a bill to triple the amount of tax credits allowed for corporate vouchers.

FROM AN A TO A C: Hundreds of Hillsborough parents decry a middle school boundary change that would send their kids to a lower rated school.

ON RECORD: A growing number of northern Florida school boards approve resolutions opposing the inclusion of evolution as a key idea in the state's science standards.

BEING GREEN: A national magazine rates Hernando County the "greenest" school district in the country.

TOO MANY QUESTIONS: The Hernando School Board needs to take more time before rushing its plan for a gifted magnet center into reality, the Times editorializes.

CLICK, CLICK, PORN: Kids using the Gulf Middle School resource officer's MySpace page find links to pictures of nude women in one of the officer's friend's pages. Now he's being investigated.

NO ELECTIONEERING HERE: Pasco superintendent Heather Fiorentino hauls out a Florida Supreme Court ruling to defend her right to provide information to employees about Amendment 1.

ADVISING SPELLINGS: A former Palm Beach principal and administrator becomes an assistant deputy secretary in the US Department of Education, the Sun-Sentinel reports.

Florida becomes the first state to adopt a free, online reading program for elementary schools, USA Today reports. Because Florida is so big in the textbook market, this could lead to changes elsewhere, too.

DOWN TO SIX: Lake County has whittled its superintendent candidate list to six, five of whom have Florida ties, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

"WRONG FOR FLORIDA": Opponents to Amendment 1 continue to argue the property tax plan would gut education, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.

BELOW THE COST OF LIVING: Marion County's administrators and non-union employees get 3 percent raises, but few are complaining, the Ocala Star-Banner reports.

Some Maryland parents are fighting to have the program removed, saying too many of their children have fallen behind grade level in math since it arrived, the Washington Post reports.

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


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