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Pileofmoney USF HAULS IT IN: The university receives a $128-million federal grant to coordinate worldwide studies of diabetes and $3.5-million to establish a VA Nursing Academy.

TENSIONS IN PINELLAS: Pinellas School Board members have some heated exchanges with Education Foundation leaders over an aggressive push to have the district decentralize operations.

TRAVEL GUIDELINES: Hillsborough School Board members reach a tentative agreement on how to control their travel expenses into the future. "It's a lesson learned," said board member Susan Valdes, who has spent one-third of the board's $150,000 bill over the past four years.

MEMO MISCUE: For the second time in a month, Pasco's new communication director has a memo rescinded because it fails to hew to district policy.

FINGER POINTING OVER GARY: Tampa City Council members blast the Hillsborough School Board for failing to protect a now-crumbling historic school. Board members say the city failed to issue permits fast enough to allow work to proceed.

HILLSBOROUGH'S YOUNGEST PRINCIPAL: At 31, Shaylia McRae-Hall is younger than many of her school's parents and staff members. She's zoomed through the ranks to become principal of Martinez Middle.

WHERE DO YOU LIVE? You better tell the truth when enrolling in Broward schools, or you could end up in jail, the Sun-Sentinel reports.

STATE'S LOSS IS PRIVATE SCHOOLS' GAIN: Private colleges in Florida are growing rapidly as the public universities and colleges suffer budget reductions, the Florida Times-Union reports.

ABANDON SHIP: Members of embattled Miami-Dade superintendent Rudy Crew's inner circle are taking jobs (or looking for them) elsewhere, the Miami Herald reports.

HOPING MAGNETS DRAW: Leon banks on new magnet programs to improve enrollment, but officials acknowledge it takes a safe campus and high standards too, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.

OVERHAUL: The Congress has approved new rules to improve higher education funding programs. The president has indicated he will sign the bill into law, the Washington Post reports.

BUDGET ROUNDUP: A Lee board member blasts his colleagues for failing to have any meaningful conversations about the budget and refuses to vote for it, the Fort Myers News-Press reports. FAU's chief financial officer warns employees that more budget cuts are coming, the Sun-Sentinel reports. Florida's universities are asking for $65.4-million to help stem the tide of top profs leaving the state, the Palm Beach Post reports. Collier makes some tough choices, and braces for more, as it adopts its budget, the Naples Daily News reports.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:52am]


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