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WHAT IF? The Hillsborough school district puts together a giant committee to look at its options in case the state doesn't change the class-size amendment.

GET SOME HELP: The Pinellas School Board orders its superintendent and top lawyer to go to a facilitator to work out their issues.

Pascoc_highte_2589364 BETTER THAN THE CLASSROOM: A group of John Long Middle sixth graders head to the Crystal Springs Preserve to participate in a high-tech scavenger hunt that involves the Pasco school's entire feeder pattern. The kids say getting the hands-on lessons helps them much more than listening to a lecture. (Times photo, Mike Pease)

BUS BARN CONCERNS: The Pinellas board also has several questions about putting a new bus compound in Clearwater, where many residents oppose the idea.

ROAD SHOW: Hernando superintendent Wayne Alexander will conduct six community meetings to talk with the community about his plans and their thoughts.

One measure to let voters decide whether vouchers should be part of Florida's constitution doesn't get past the Taxation and Budget Reform Commission, but another that would change the way the state uses private money for education moves ahead, the AP reports.

MORE TBRC ACTION: A Taxation and Budget Reform Commission committee pushes ahead a referendum to scale back the class-size amendment, the Fort Myers News Press reports. The organization also unanimously moves a plan to close sales tax loopholes and have the revenue pay for education, the Tallahassee Democrat reports. More from the Herald-Tribune.

CAN'T TOUCH THIS: House Speaker Marco Rubio says the Bright Futures scholarship program will remain the same despite criticisms that its cost is outpacing its revenue, the Palm Beach Post reports.

HOW MUCH TO CUT? Florida school districts face a second round of cuts this year that would total about $4-million per district, and next year's budget doesn't look too good either, the Naples Daily News reports. The cuts could be even bigger for larger districts, Florida Today reports.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:35am]


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