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A4s_sundaycp081708_34403c PROMISES, PROMISES: Developer Greg Neal makes lots of representations to Hillsborough Community College as he offers a grand vision to expand the Dale Mabry campus. Many of his statements just aren't true. (Times photo, Chris Zuppa)

TIGHT RACE: Three competitors seek to replace veteran Hernando School Board member Jim Malcolm, who is retiring.

TOO CLOSE TO SEX OFFENDERS: A Brandon mom complains to the Hillsborough school district that her daughter's bus stop is moved closer to the homes of several sex offenders in her neighborhood. (At least she knows where her bus stop is.)

INDECENT EXPOSURE: Florida's universities should not be trying to lure students into debt with their sponsorship of credit cards, the Times editorializes.

GOOD RIDDANCE: Amendment 5 deserved to be thrown off the ballot, Florida Times-Union columnist Ron Littlepage writes.

EARLY INTERVENTION: Lee schools revamp their special education programs to offer help to students long before they've failed, the Fort Myers News-Press reports. "We want to make sure we don't call a student disabled if they're not," said Carl Brunick, the exceptional student education director.

LEARNING IN TWO LANGUAGES: A St. Lucie elementary school offers the district's first dual-language instruction in pre-k and kindergarten, the Fort Pierce Tribune reports.

STATE SYSTEM STRUGGLES: The economy is making it more difficult for Florida's universities to provide top-notch education, the Miami Herald reports.

ASSIMILATION 101: Hodges University in Naples offers a degree in how to be American for its international students, the Naples Daily News reports.

IS HOMEWORK HELPING? The Manatee school district revises its homework rules in an effort to streamline its lessons. This prompts the Bradenton Herald to ask experts whether homework has any value at all.

FREE TRAINERS: A local hospital offers athletic trainers with no strings attached to the Bay school district, which planned to cut trainers because of budget woes, the Panama City News-Herald reports.

IT'S NOT SO BAD: Carol West, a 30-year teaching veteran in Flagler, isn't bothered by today's state of the economy. She's seen worse, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:53am]


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