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IT'S NOT OVER: Gov. Charlie Crist orders a 4 percent holdback in spending, just a day after approving a state budget that already has schools and universities making major cuts.

REMOVE THE REFERENDUMS: A coalition of public education advocates announces it will sue to keep two proposed amendments dealing with vouchers off the November ballot. Broward School Board members also are speaking out against the three education-related amendments headed to the November ballot, saying they would harm education funding, the Miami Herald reports.

PAY UP: Deerwood Academy, a failed charter school, sued the Pasco school district contending the district had improperly withheld its funding. A judge disagreed and ordered Deerwood to repay the district lost funds instead.

TUITION NEWS (IT'S GOING UP): In-state USF students will pay more, while graduate students coming from elsewhere will pay less. UF is expected to raise tuition, too, the AP reports. And so is FSU, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.

SAVE OUR SCIENCE FAIR: The Hernando School Board refuses to cut the $2,400 that goes to the elementary level science fair, saying the cost is worth the benefits.

TRAFFIC TIE-UP: The Imagine School of Land O'Lakes - a charter school - has students and some staff, but it can't win county approval for its proposed building site. Traffic signals are slowing up the plans.

WHAT A FIASCO: The scenario that led to Hernando High barring some parents from graduation never should have happened, and official need to make sure it doesn't occur again, the Times editorializes.

MANATEE SUPERINTENDENT MOVES ON: Roger Dearing takes the helm at the FHSAA, but says he will stay until his replacement is on-board, the Herald-Tribune reports.

FINAL SUMMER SESSION: Struggling Brevard students begin summer school, which could be the last because next year the district can't afford it, Florida Today reports.

BUDGET ROUNDUP: School officials on the Treasure Coast say they have no plans to move to a four-day week - for now, the Stuart News reports. Collier moves to outsource its custodial work, the Naples Daily News reports. Miami-Dade's superintendent proposes more budget cuts, but the School Board doesn't move on them, the Miami Herald reports.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:47am]


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