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Images READY TO TAKE A DIP: Gov. Charlie Crist says he's prepared to use the state's reserve funds to bolster the budget as the economy continues to nosedive.

A HELPING HAND: The Zephyrhills Police Department is holding a fund raiser to assist needy families with their school supply purchases. Paper and pencils are welcome, but they're really looking for cash.

IT'S NOT OVER: The Pasco School Board delays action on a proposed resolution to the overpayment and underpayment of 43 employees, calling for a closed-door session to discuss its options.

MORE CUTS COMING: Hillsborough superintendent MaryEllen Elia warns the School Board to expect another round of spending cuts in November - after the elections.

FILL IN THE BLANKS: If Gov. Crist wants voters to support Amendment 5, he needs to provide details on how the state would replace the local property taxes that currently support Florida's public schools, the Times editorializes. It's distrust among Florida educators that makes the proposal a hard sell, the Florida Times-Union reports.

ENDORSEMENTS: The Times editorial department recommends voters support incumbents Susan Valdes and Carol Kurdell for Hillsborough School Board.

WE'RE NOT CLOSING ANY SCHOOLS: Hillsborough superintendent MaryEllen Elia writes an op-ed piece in the Tampa Tribune clarifying what's going on with the schools the state has put on its "intervene" list.

SECOND CHANCE: A growing number of students are transferring into Florida Gulf Coast University, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.

MAYBE HE'LL JUST QUIT: Miami-Dade superintendent Rudy Crew could decide within weeks whether to leave the district, where the School Board only narrowly supported keeping him on the job, the Miami Herald reports.

ANOTHER TAX? Manatee school officials weigh the option of asking voters to approve an additional 1-mill in local property taxes to offset revenue decreases from the state, the Herald-Tribune reports. Other districts are considering similar actions.

TURN OUT THE LIGHTS: The party soon could be over at UF. The university has released a new student code of conduct that would ban keg parties, drinking games and more on campus, the Gainesville Sun reports.

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


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