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SLEEP MATTERS: If kids have sleep problems, they're likely to have troubles in other aspects of life, too.

IN A BIND: Decreasing revenue, class-size reduction mandates and tax structure overhauls put Florida schools in a precarious position when it comes to paying for classroom education, the Florida Times-Union reports.

NEW SCHOOL PROMPTS PROTESTS: The Palm Beach district is forging ahead with plans for a new elementary to ease crowding. But parents and politicians don't like much about the school and want it stopped, the Sun-Sentinel reports.

'AT LEAST BE FAIR': Florida's reliance on school grades has become "absurdly significant," so at the very least the grades should be fair, the Fort Myers News-Press editorializes in support of a bill to overhaul the grading system.

AS IF ITS FINANCIAL PICTURE WEREN'T BAD ENOUGH: The Miami-Dade school district might have to return $18.6-million in misused funds to the state, the Miami Herald reports. Says School Board member Marta Pérez, "We don't have that kind of money to return.''

TURNING TO VOTERS: St. Lucie school officials consider asking voters to increase local property taxes to pay for resource officers, crossing guards and nurses - things that otherwise might get cut because of decreasing state funding, the Palm Beach Post reports.

SCARY BUS STORY: A Palm Beach school bus driver who wouldn't let a 21-year-old man who smelled of alcohol on her bus one day let him aboard the very next day, the Palm Beach Post reports.

BUSING BUDGET OPTIONS: Manatee officials, facing about $28.5-million in cuts for next year, consider ideas such as cutting field trips and lengthening bus routes to save money, the Bradenton Herald reports. The Santa Rosa district also is examining ways to save money by streamlining its transportation program, the Pensacola News-Journal reports.

LANGUAGE IMMERSION: Brevard's first language immersion program has 5-year-olds learning Spanish and Mandarin Chinese. Parents and kids love it, and the program is gaining in popularity, Florida Today reports.

CHARTER FACES CLOSURE: Deeply in debt, an Orlando-area charter school paid four administrators $520,000 last year and had no spending controls in place. The Orange School Board is expected to give the school 60 days to get its financial house in order or shut down, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:38am]

    

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