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COMMITMENT TO CAREER EDUCATION GROWING: Pasco superintendent Heather Fiorentino announces a plan to add a career academy to every county high school within two years. Hernando officials say they're exploring options there, too.

MORE DEFINITION NEEDED: Resource officers might help keep schools safe, but principals need to do a better job of ensuring that the cops don't rule the campus, the Times editorializes.

ATTENDANCE ZONE NEWS: Pinellas still must finish its new maps, even as students apply for magnet programs. Hillsborough puts its proposed boundary maps for two new schools online in advance of a public meeting Monday. Pasco's School Board will take public comment on recommended attendance zones for two new schools on Tuesday.

OPTIMISM OVER: Florida lawmakers signal that the governor's education budget appears based on expired revenue estimates and isn't likely to pass as-is, the Miami Herald reports.

COLLEGE CUTS: All 11 Florida public universities are weighing their options, including faculty layoffs and satellite campus closures, in light of dim budget news, the Sun-Sentinel reports. See also the paper's sidebar graphic.

COMMUNICATION BREAKDOWN: Duval delays its effort to convert a school to a magnet and reassign its current students after it's revealed that no one told the school's principal or parents, the Florida Times-Union reports.

HECK NO, HE WON'T GO: Lake assistant superintendent David Cunningham says he'll fight his demotion to principal, the Orlando Sentinel reports. He had applied for superintendent and, after not making the cut, the current district leader reassigned him to "ease the transition" to the next leadership team.

BOYS ON THE BUS: Lee school officials are investigating why two elementary school students were left alone in a locked bus, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.

LEARNING LANGUAGES: More and more parents want their kids to be bilingual. The best way to accomplish this goal is to expose children to the language at least 30 percent of the waking day, such as an immersion school, the NY Times reports.

Visit the Gradebook at noon for an interview with John Kirtley, the driving force behind Florida's corporate tax scholarship program.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:33am]


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