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STATE VOTERS CUT TAXES: The first constitutional amendment to face a 60 percent support hurdle clears the bar, reducing property taxes and, as a result, funding for schools and local governments.

Pin_school_300 PINELLAS VOTERS RENEW LOCAL TAX:
Nearly two-thirds of voters back a continued property tax of 0.50 mills to support Pinellas school district operations. This prompts the Times editorial board to wonder if voters really are so intent on lowering their taxes, or keeping quality education. (Times photo, Joseph Garnett Jr.)

ON THE HOT SEAT: Hillsborough School Board members field questions from a panel of high school students.

PLAYING IT SAFE: The Hernando School Board made the right move in preserving courtesy bus rides for students who didn't qualify for transportation funding, the Times editorializes.

TOP OF THE CLASS: Principal is on a new mission (Fuguitt Elementary); Growing in their garden (Chester Ochs 4-H Educational Center); Providing safe passage (Seven Springs Middle)

MAYOR RESIGNS FAMU BOARD: Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, embroiled in his own political problems, quits the FAMU Foundation board of directors, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.

OUT OF THEIR HANDS: Collier teachers and school board representatives make their case to a special magistrate about a proposed salary schedule that the teachers have rejected, the Naples Daily News reports.

"BOMBARD THEM": Palm Beach high schools drop their junior science curriculum to focus solely on FCAT skills, the Palm Beach Post reports.

ENROLLMENT DECLINES: Palm Beach expects a third straight year of lower enrollment, the Palm Beach Post reports. Favorite sentence - "... the district should expect at least one more year of smaller student bodies." Will they get smaller desks, too?

WILL THERE BE FIELD TRIPS? Broward Community College plans to open a branch in Montego Bay, Jamaica, the Miami Herald reports.

AUDIT SPANKS PRINCIPALS: The leaders of a Miami-Dade charter school personally guaranteed a loan for the school and took home $37,000 in the deal, the Miami Herald reports.

SINGLE-MEMBER DISTRICTS:
Osceola voters ditch at-large School Board membership in favor of single-member districts, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

PROJECTS DELAYED: Facing a slumping economy, the Volusia School Board considers postponing $75-million of construction projects, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.

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