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IT'S COMING TO YOUR MAILBOX: A broad coalition of groups including school employee unions plan an advertising blitz against Amendment 5, which would change the way education is funded in Florida. A group supporting the proposal also is preparing ads.

'WE NEED STABILITY NOW': The Board of Governors backpedals on a proposal to give the state-level university governance system more control over individual schools' leadership decisions.

IN DEFENSE OF CHANGE: Former governor Jeb Bush and U.S. education secretary Margaret Spellings kick off an education summit in Orlando with strong words about their school accountability measures. Bush also weighs in on three education-related amendments headed to Florida voters in November.

FINDING FUNDS: Early education leaders in Pasco and Hernando say they'll seek private money to supplement state-funded programs.

PER-STUDENT FUNDING FOR UNIVERSITIES? The Board of Governors suggests that if higher education were funded like K-12, funding could become more stable, the Sun-Sentinel reports. Meanwhile, Florida International University considers a 15 percent tuition increase, the Miami Herald reports. (Does that prove the point?)

DEAL WITH DROPOUTS: Lee School Board members tell the superintendent they want to see the district's dropout rate improve, the Naples Daily News reports. As if by some chance, a new charter school aimed directly at helping teens graduate is slated to open in Lee in August, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.

STAY FOCUSED: Florida's community college system - considered among the best in the country - should stick to its mission of open-door higher education rather than rush to become "state" colleges, the Palm Beach Post editorializes.

OUSTING CREW? A Miami-Dade School Board member takes steps toward terminating their nationally recognized superintendent, the Miami Herald reports. Others on the board tell the Herald that Rudy Crew is safe.

BUDGET ROUNDUP: Lee and Collier schools plan cafeteria price increases, but try to use reserves and make other changes to keep the meals nutritious and affordable, the Naples Daily News reports. Leon works with teachers who lost their jobs to help them find work, the Tallahassee Democrat reports. Manatee looks at a shorter work year for teachers, the Bradenton Herald reports. Alachua superintendent Dan Boyd blames the governor for Florida's school funding woes, the Gainesville Sun reports. Santa Rosa halts plans for a new high school, citing costs as the primary factor, the Pensacola News-Journal reports. Putnam looks to delay teacher raises, the Palatka Daily News reports.

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


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