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IT'S STILL YOUR MONEY: The Hillsborough County Commission and School Board head to court to fight over which agency must cover the costs of road and sidewalk improvements leading to new schools. It's an issue in counties all over Florida, so many are waiting for the outcome.

JEB'S CONFERENCE: A road map for reform? Or a partisan pep rally? The Miami Herald offers a post mortem on the two-day affair.

ONE MORE TRY: The summer FCAT retake session occurs this week, with thousands again trying to pass the 10th grade-level exam, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.

LOSING STUDENTS: School districts on Florida's Treasure Coast are not seeing the population growth they've become accustomed to, but that doesn't mean their expenses are decreasing, the Fort Pierce Tribune reports.

THINGS ARE TOUGH ALL OVER: School districts throughout Florida are making tough budget choices - it's not just in the place where you are, the Naples Daily News reports. And it's not just in Florida. School districts around Washington, D.C., are planning to make kids walk farther to school to save on fuel expenses, the Washington Post reports.

NOT READY: The Florida Schools of Excellence Commission was supposed to be the sponsoring agency, complete with oversight responsibilities, for a new Brevard charter school. But the FSE isn't ready to take on that role, so the Brevard district will step in - and leaders aren't happy about that, Florida Today reports.

OPERATING AT A DEFICIT: Taylor schools, which have been spending in the red for two years, are declared in a state of financial emergency by the Department of Education. Parents are just now finding out, and they're peeved, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.

The Orlando Sentinel talks with a mom about what it will mean to have her middle school-aged son start classes before her high school-aged daughter when Orange resumes school in August.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:48am]


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