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Budget_cutting_lg_tan THE BUDGET IS OUT: And it's looking like funding per Florida public school student will be down about $140 each, and university and college tuition will rise 6 percent. See the story here.

FORGET THE '60s: USF looks to cut its Africana and Women's studies programs as its budget shrinks.

MAKE SOME TOUGH CHOICES: Florida lawmakers are harming the state's quality of life and basic services with their budget decisions, and they need to deal with several key issues immediately, the Daytona Beach News-Journal editorializes along with the LeRoy Collins Institute. The recommendations include reforming Bright Futures and modifying the class size amendment.

Cape Coral mom Debbie Johnston is standing by in hopes that the Legislature finally will approve the anti-bullying bill she's been promoting in memory of her son, the Fort Myers News-Press reports. (See the Gradebook's recent interview with Johnston here.)

Teachers around the country, including Florida, put questionable materials on their personal web pages, raising questions about their professionalism, the Washington Post reports.

BIG IN SIZE, BUT LIMITED IN POWER: South Florida politicians lament that their lack of clout in Tallahassee disproportionately hurts their education systems, the Miami Herald reports.

NOT ENOUGH: Even if it would cut salaries by up to 7.5 percent, and lay off some employees, the Manatee district still would fall about $6.3-million short of its budget cutting goal, the Herald-Tribune reports.

As the economy worsens, Manatee schools see a greater percentage of students accepting free and reduced price meals, the Bradenton Herald reports.

TOO FEW STUDENTS: Leon school officials ponder what to do with schools that are far below capacity as they seek to cut the budget by about $12-million, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:40am]


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