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Her_amber072708_32008c NOT A FLORIDIAN? Never mind that Amber Moller has lived in Hernando County all her life. The University of Florida says she doesn't qualify for in-state tuition because her dad, who lives in Virginia, listed her as a dependent on his tax forms. (Times photo, Ron Thompson)

HIGH HOPES: Steve Knobl, the new principal of Gulf High in Pasco, has big plans to improve the school. He also has big ambitions for himself.

THE FUTURE OF BRIGHT FUTURES: The scholarship program frequently comes under fire as a financial drain and an entitlement program for the middle class. But it's too popular to disappear, the Naples Daily News reports.

OPTIONS ABOUND: The Florida School Choice Resource Center aims to help parents understand they have more education choices than their neighborhood school, the Miami Herald reports.

MEETING THE DEMAND: Enrollment in online courses is challenging Florida's universities, which see interest picking up but also must ensure the quality, the Palm Beach Post reports.

LEARN WHAT YOU WANT: Some South Florida parents are working to create a Sudbury Valley school, where students don't have to follow a pre-set curriculum, the Miami Herald reports.

BRIDGING THE GAP: Okaloosa schools see the achievement gap between the races shrinking in the latest round of FCAT results, the Northwest Florida Daily News reports.

LOANS, CREDITS DON'T TRANSFER WITH STUDENTS: Many students attending private, for-profit colleges learn the hard way that when they want to move to a public institution for additional courses, their student loans and earned credits won't come with them, Florida Today reports.

BUDGET ROUNDUP: To keep resource officers in schools, the Lee district must pick up a greater portion of their salaries as the state's budget crunch squeezes law enforcement, too, the Fort Myers News-Press reports. Brevard teachers are looking for deals as the state cuts their supply funding, Florida Today reports.

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