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Images DEALING WITH THE "YUCKY STUFF": As Pasco school leaders have learned, Internet filters sometimes seem like sieves. There's just no way to control MySpace friends. But that doesn't mean that schools can't create technology rich environments for students and educators.

Florida lawmakers are doing the state university system no service with their posturing over tuition and other aspects of higher education funding, the Times editorializes.

COMMITMENT TO COLLEGE: A Jacksonville partnership is working out the kinks of a plan that would provide free tuition to one of four area colleges for any student with the financial need, the Florida Times-Union reports. The lone holdout so far is the school district, which can't decide if it wants to pay for its share - $400,000 for counselors to the program.

WORST HIT TO QUALITY - EVER: Treasure Coast education leaders lament that the combination of Amendment 1 with the current economy could debilitate public schools, the Stuart News reports.

WHERE PROPOSALS DON'T MATTER: Collier school leaders aren't worried about a bill that would scale back requirements for teacher ESOL training: They see the need for expanded training, and they're putting it in place regardless of cost, the Naples Daily News reports.

FIU'S FINGERS CROSSED: Florida International should find out this week if its new medical school wins accreditation, the Miami Herald reports.

NO TRUST: FSU president T.K. Wetherell tells the Orlando Sentinel that he didn't trust the school's former athletic department leadership to investigate cheating allegations.

NAIL BITER: A growing number of high school seniors seek admission in Florida's universities, even as the universities cut back seats, Florida Today reports.

THANKS, BUT NO THANKS: A growing number of universities are turning down donations tied to tobacco companies, the NY Times reports.

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


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