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SLIMMER SUMMER: Pasco cuts back its summer class offerings to save money, but still serves thousands of students who need extra help. (Times photo, Mike Pease)

HERNANDO BOARD OK'S CUTS: But members chastise superintendent Wayne Alexander for floating ideas in the media before approaching them, calling it "budget by newspaper" - something they didn't appreciate.

MAKING MATH FUN: Pinellas offers some incoming freshmen a four-day summer algebra refresher course, so they won't be too far behind when high school begins.

STOP THE FELONS: U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor plans to file legislation barring convicted felons from participating in the federal student loan business.

CHARTER ON HOLD: The Imagine School at Land O'Lakes still has no contract with the Pasco school district.

Broward moves to become one of Florida's first school districts to implement a newly required anti-bullying policy, the Sun-Sentinel reports.

RAZE THAT SCHOOL: After a two-year public debate, Sarasota's board narrowly approves knocking down Riverview High, which was designed by famed architect Paul Rudolph, the Herald-Tribune reports.

TRACKING TRANSPORTATION: Escambia will put GPS systems into its school buses, ostensibly to make the operation more efficient. But some drivers complain it's an attempt to trap drivers doing something wrong, the Pensacola News-Journal reports.

TUTORING TIME: Private tutors gear up for the summer as kids look for ways to keep sharp, Florida Today reports.

BUDGET ROUNDUP: Lee lays off more staff, but still needs to cut millions more in spending, the Fort Myers News-Press reports. Martin starts planning for Gov. Crist's 4 percent holdback, the Stuart News reports. Florida Gulf Coast University hikes tuition 6 percent, the Naples Daily News reports. Indian River tries to slim its budget without layoffs, the Vero Beach Press Journal reports. Broward increases cafeteria prices, the Miami Herald reports. Despite budget issues, though, Broward needs security, so the School Board votes to increase funding for resource officers, the Miami Herald reports. Palm Beach won't be offering teacher raises, the Palm Beach Post reports. Escambia plans to close one school, but not until 2009, the Pensacola News-Journal reports.

AROUND THE NATION: The new SAT is no better at predicting student success than the old one, the Miami Herald reports. Dallas school officials work on creating a tougher ethics policy in the midst of continued issuing of contracts to companies with ties to school trustees, the Dallas Morning News reports. Students in the D.C. voucher program generally did no better in private school than when they attended public school, the Washington Post reports.

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


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