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Education news and notes from Tampa Bay and Florida

Today's news

B4s_usfstpete050508a_22222c THAT'S A LOT OF GRADS: The University of South Florida hands out more than 4,900 diplomas - a record number for the growing school. The graduates range in age from 19 to 73 and hail from 43 states and 97 nations. (Times photo, Willie J. Allen, Jr.)

FEW GOOD OPTIONS: The idea of cutting Pinellas school employee salaries by 2 percent is horrible, but the state budget that lawmakers created leaves few realistic choices, the Times editorializes.

BULLYING BILL MIGHT NOT MATTER: Some Jacksonville-area students tell the Florida Times-Union that even with an anti-bullying law in place, they might never report bullying to adults.

BUT GRADING BILL WOULD: Changes to the way the DOE grades Florida's high schools would lift the ranks of seven Brevard schools (and probably more all over the state), Florida Today reports.

WHY NOT MAP? Lee educators suggest that lawmakers cut the wrong teacher performance bonus program by slashing support to get National Board certified but leaving the Merit Award Program in place, the Naples Daily News reports.

THIS TIME HE'S OK WITH IT: Gov. Crist says he will sign the bill allowing a 6 percent tuition increase, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.

NO MATCHING FUNDS: Florida's universities lose the state money that they have used to match donations, possibly threatening their ability to raise outside funds, the Palm Beach Post reports.

PROBATION FOR PAUL: Escambia superintendent Jim Paul gets a year of probation and 50 hours of community service for his DUI arrest in Pinellas earlier this year, the Pensacola News-Journal reports. He won't be seeking reelection.

STILL READING CLASSICS: Harry Potter might be hugely popular, but the series about him are not the most read books by kids, Washington Post columnist Jay Mathews reports.

Check back later today as the Gradebook reviews the education bills that passed and failed during the legislative session. First up, those that are headed to the governor's desk.

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


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