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WANTED: MORE COUNSELORS: All but one of Florida's public universities have higher than desirable student-counselor ratios. The university system put together a mental health subcommittee after the Virginia Tech shooting a year ago.

Images FOOD FIGHT: Bay Point Middle in St. Petersburg erupted into a melee when the power went down on Tuesday. The fight highlighted what some parents said is a concern over discipline in the school.

TOP OF THE CLASS HERNANDO: Springstead High shines at Nature Coast Envirothon; Students harness power of the sun (Eastside Elementary); Shackles, artifacts part of 'history on wheels' (Challenger K-8); American icons come to life (Pine Grove Elementary)

HANDS OFF: Florida lawmakers are talking about reining in the Bright Futures scholarship program. But they're running into stiff resistance, the Sun-Sentinel reports. See sidebar box here.

BEING GREEN: The Palm Beach school district agrees to adopt environmentally friendly building standards for new construction. But some worry that the effort is too expensive at a time when money is tight, the Sun-Sentinel reports.

LATE RESULTS: The state has announced that FCAT scores will be delayed about a month this summer. That has parents and educators trying to figure out how to deal with the late results, the Florida Times Union reports. Summer school options, AYP school choice and other issues will be affected.

FLORIDA IN THE LEAD: The state has made great strides toward reforming K-12 education and offers examples for other states that are seeing their Hispanic populations grow, Goldwater Institute vice president Matthew Ladner writes in the Stuart News.

WHAT TO CUT: Athletics, guidance counselors and maybe even some teachers are on the chopping block in Broward if the budget turns out as bad as expected, the Miami Herald reports.

MORE MONEY NEEDED: An economist tells the Taxation and Budget Reform Commission that Florida needs to have more cash for education if the state wants to remain competitive, the Miami Herald reports.

NOT THERE: The University of Arkansas says Sen. Mike Haridopolous, who's been defending his controversial hire as a UF lecturer, hasn't been there since 2000, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

And one Delaware school district is having to revamp its policies as part of a settlement in a lawsuit where two Jewish families sued over the pervasiveness of Christianity in the schools, the NY Times reports.

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


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