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B4s_wentz082908_35879c SATISFACTION: They've traveled the world, written books, raised families. Now 211 Pinellas men and women also have finally finished high school. (Times photo, Lara Cerri)

NO SATISFACTION: Parents continue to flood Hillsborough's school transportation line seeking information about their children's bus routes.

ARRESTED: George Paul Adams, a 16-year-old student at Moore-Mickens Education Center in Dade City, made plans to shoot up his school. He was upset because he was held back a grade.

WOUNDED WHILE WAITING: A 10-year-old Valrico boy is hit by a car when he darts into traffic at his bus stop.

ABOUT THAT BUDGET: Lee superintendent James Browder sends a note to education commissioner Eric J. Smith suggesting some better ways to ensure what little funding schools get can be better used, the Fort Myers News-Press reports. UF president Bernie Machen continues to call for the state to dip into reserves to help public education, the Gainesville Sun reports.

TAX SWAP UNCERTAINTY: A Mason-Dixon poll shows a high percentage of undecideds on Amendment 5 - if it ever makes it back to the ballot, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.

BUDGET UNBALANCED: Miami-Dade moves to take another $22-million from its reserves to cover unbudgeted expenses, essentially depleting the fund. Board members and the superintendent yell at one another, the Miami Herald reports.

THEY WANT MORE: Broward finds $20-million to offer teachers small raises, but the union seeks millions more, the Miami Herald reports.

TUITION WINDFALL: Higher than expected enrollment at UCF generates enough money to give employees a one-time $1,000 bonus plus to create a merit pay pool, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

INCENTIVE TO READ: Manatee High students vie for a free 2-year car lease by making reading gains on the FCAT, the Bradenton Herald reports.

LOGGING IN: A growing number of Panhandle students are taking college and university courses online, the Pensacola News-Journal reports.

AROUND THE NATION: A Georgia school district becomes the first district nationally in nearly 40 years to lose its accreditation, the NY Times reports. A tiny Texas school district allows teachers to carry weapons into classrooms, the NY Times reports. Researchers find the effects of preschool are long-lasting, the Wall Street Journal reports.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:55am]


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