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Tct_profile080808_33194c MAKING MOVIES: Tom Garrett spent a career creating independent films. Now he's helping students at the University of Tampa follow in his footsteps. (Times photo, Kathleen Flynn)

NO TRUST: Hillsborough School Board member Susan Valdes tells a campaign forum audience that she can't trust her colleagues or district staff after they didn't speak up for her during a flap over her travel spending.

FAILURE AT USF: The University of South Florida offers an "embarrassing admission of defeat" in its inability to run the Patel charter school for struggling students, reports.

COUNTING KIDS: Lee school officials are nervously watching their enrollment figures, as the projected number of new students is not coming to pass. About $10-million in funding is at stake, the Naples Daily News reports.

NO, SIR: A military academy charter school in Marion County fails to attract enough students to open, the Ocala Star-Banner reports.

GOING SOLAR: The Florida university system is pouring about $50-million into researching the alternative energy source, the Orlando Sentinel reports. Meanwhile, the state's universities struggle with skyrocketing utility costs, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.

FLORIDA NEEDS DOCTORS: And about 1,600 possible physicians are heeding the call by applying to the FIU medical school, which hasn't even opened yet, the Miami Herald reports.

STICK AROUND: Manatee Community College becomes the latest two-year school to consider offering four-year degrees, the Herald-Tribune reports.

AROUND THE NATION: Virginia weighs tougher requirements for school accreditation, the Washington Post reports. A panel convened by Texas' governor says the state needs better math and science standards, the Dallas Morning News reports. Colleges and high schools around the country are seeking ways to keep cars off campus, USA Today reports.

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


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