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Paspe051108_23091c_23140a TOUGHER TO FIND THE TIME: Florida's elementary school teachers thought it was hard to fit 30 minutes of daily P.E. into their students' already busy schedule. So some gamed the system. The Legislature responded by requiring the minutes be "consecutive," making the requirement even more challenging. (Times photo, Mike Pease)

THE PROM COMES TO HER: Stacey Karavokiros dreamed of attending her prom. But she was too sick to make it. So friends from Tarpon Springs High brought the party to her hospital room.

BLAME FOR THE BUS DRIVER: A lawyer for a girl who claims she was sexually assaulted on a Pinellas school bus by older male students contends the bus driver shares the blame by failing to adequately supervise the bus.

STUDENTS SUFFER: Even as they talk of the need for a vibrant university system, Florida's political leaders slash the higher education budget, effectively slamming the door shut on thousands of Florida teens, the Times editorializes.

TBRC 'FAILED THE PUBLIC': The Florida Taxation and Budget Reform Commission was supposed to come up with ideas to, well, reform Florida's tax system. Instead, it came up with a tax swap idea that would "crush public education" and two school voucher proposals that would "egregiously undermine" the state's provision of free public schools, the Daytona Beach News-Journal editorializes, calling the commission's work a failure.

BUDGET ROUNDUP: The Lee school district is laying off so many employees that workers many workers are seeking new jobs before they ever get a pink slip, the Fort Myers News-Press reports. The St. Lucie district considers moving librarians to the classroom and eliminating after-school activities transportation as part of a plan to cut $15-million, the Port St. Lucie News reports. Lake might dramatically scale back its pre-k program to meet budget demands, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

SHOULD GIRLS PLAY? The number of sports-related injuries for girls has grown as their opportunities to play in high school and college has increased, leading some people to question whether it's worth the risk, the NY Times Magazine reports, focusing on a Fort Lauderdale soccer player.

PARENTS FIGHT UNIFORMS: They argue that the Osceola school district doesn't need to mandate uniforms, contending one of the main reasons for the policy - improving discipline - falls short when you look at the district's decline in crime, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

NEVER SAW THE BEACH: Reality hit home for a Daytona Beach-area middle school teacher when she assigned students to write about the beach, and two kids said they had never seen it. So now the teacher is trying to take her class to D.C., hoping to broaden their horizons, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.

POLK TEACHERS PEEVED: They can't believe district leaders are talking about building a $126-million new headquarters as the state is enduring a budget crisis that threatens teacher jobs, the Lakeland Ledger reports.

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