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THEIR TURN NOW: For a decade, the Pasco school district has focused its resources on building new schools to keep up with growth. It's now turning its attention to improving aging schools, starting with Sanders Elementary, Pasco Middle and Pasco High.

ON THE CHOPPING BLOCK: Lawmakers have started to float their cost-cutting proposals, and education programs are poised to take a big hit. Among the possibilities - cuts to base student funding by $1.5-billion and cuts to early learning by $16-million.

Images THEY DESERVED IT: The kids who had their FCAT tests invalidated for having cell phones in the testing room should receive even more punishment than what they got, columnist Jeff Webb writes.

OPEN DOOR, CLOSED WALLET: Florida community colleges are seeing enrollments surge, but they face budget shortfalls that make it tougher to serve everyone, the Sun-Sentinel reports.

WOMEN IN HIGHER EDUCATION: Women make up nearly two-thirds of all college students in southwest Florida, the Fort Myers News-Press reports. Male students, who fill more than half of the region's public school seats, often get detoured elsewhere, the News-Press reports in this sidebar.

UNEASY FEELING: Collier and Lee school officials don't feel comfortable with a new taxing proposal that would leave it up to the Legislature - rather than property values - to find extra money for schools, the Naples Daily News reports.

NO EXCUSES: A Boca Raton-based Jewish group plans to start an endowment to help families that want to attend Jewish day schools, which can be fairly expensive, the Sun-Sentinel reports.

FEWER TEACHERS NEEDED: With enrollment declining, Florida still needs new teachers, but far fewer than in past years, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

REASONABLE CHANGES: Sen. Don Gaetz's proposal to alter the state's school grading system to include more factors makes good sense, the Orlando Sentinel editorializes.

CONSIDERING THE DEFINITION OF "EVERYTHING": Miami-Dade teachers contend that the school district should reconsider giving administrators big salaries, bonuses, county cars and other perks as the district begins its budget cutting, the Miami Herald reports.

DISTRICT SEEKS A BREAK: The Sarasota school district asks the county government to waive permits and building fees for a new elementary school, the Herald-Tribune reports. Commissioners are thinking, no.

CAN'T AFFORD IT: A Tallahassee elementary seeks a crossing guard. The studies say one is warranted. But the city says it has no money to provide one, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.

MAKE IT UP: As the rules get tougher to get out of middle school, several Florida districts are looking at options to help keep their students on track, the Stuart News reports.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:37am]


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