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EDUCATION REVISIONS: Florida lawmakers made several changes to the state's education laws and financing. Here's an overview. See also this partial list of bills that passed and failed. Gov. Crist, meanwhile, praises the state budget as others - including education leaders - roll their eyes.

Pac_cafeteria050508_22097c CUTTING CORNERS IN THE CAFETERIA: Food prices are higher than they've been in decades. Money is worth less. Pasco school cafeterias - like those around the state and nation - are looking for ways to remain self-sufficient during these tough times. (Times photo, Jeffrey S. Solochek)

Students from Hernando's Central High visit the airport industrial park to see what really goes into running a manufacturing business.

STOP THE MADNESS: The Hillsborough school district has a key role to play in ending violence that occurs outside Middleton High after classes end, even if School Board chairwoman Jennifer Faliero doesn't think so, the Times editorializes.

LET THE PRIVATIZING BEGIN: Collier schools explore the savings of laying off 250 custodians and farming out their jobs, the Naples Daily News reports.

EAT A BUG: Some students at an Indian River elementary school get lessons from an author who wrote a book on how to cook bugs. Great Mother's Day gift ideas flowed, the Vero Beach Press-Journal reports.

A 'NEW ERA' OF TEAMWORK: Lake County's new superintendent, Susan Moxley, promises to create a better working atmosphere as she replaces outgoing superintendent Anna Cowin, the Orlando Sentinel reports. Voters agreed to have an appointed rather than elected superintendent during Cowin's term.

FUNDING LOST: Communities in Schools, which provides items that school districts can't, gets no money in the state budget and could end, the Palatka Daily News reports.

TEACHERS CUT: Okaloosa schools will non-renew 267 teachers and teacher assistants for the next school year, the Northwest Florida Daily News reports.

RADICAL AND UNWISE: The Lakeland Ledger editorializes against a proposed constitutional amendment that would allow private school vouchers.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:41am]


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