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OFF THE BALLOT: The Florida Supreme Court yanks Amendments 5, 7 and 9 from the November election, saying the initiatives were misleading and that the Florida Taxation and Budget Reform Commission had overstepped its bounds.

B2s_pray090408_36692c A LITTLE PEACE AND QUIET: USF included a Serenity Room in its new student center to give students a place for quiet reflection. It's also a place for the school's large Muslim population to pray. (Times photo, John Pendygraft)

Two teenage girls face criminal charges after a melee at Hernando Central High.

FEWER STUDENTS: Hernando schools face a dip in enrollment for the first time in years. It's a similar story in Manatee, the Bradenton Herald reports.

TOP OF THE CLASS: Teacher to put winnings toward iPods (Giunta Middle); Grant writer pursues funds for district dreams (Hernando schools)

A FEW WORDS ABOUT BRIGHT FUTURES: Critics continue to hound the state's signature scholarship program as a financial boondoggle. But it remains too popular for many lawmakers to consider changes, the AP reports.

ON THE ROAD: Education commissioner Eric J. Smith visits Okaloosa as part of a new effort to narrow the communication gap between what's going on in Tallahassee and in the state's 67 school districts, the Northwest Florida Daily News reports.

FROM CHAIRMAN TO PRESIDENT: Former Rep. Joe Pickens, who headed the House Schools and Learning Council until forced out by term limits, becomes president of St. Johns River Community College, the Florida Times-Union reports.

TEACHER PROTEST: About 1,000 Broward teachers rally outside district HQ for better raises, the Sun-Sentinel reports.

SPORTS SAVED: Seminole finds a way to keep its middle school athletics program. It involves fees, fundraisers and community contributions, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

ACROSS THE BORDER: Out-of-state college recruiters hit Florida high schools hoping to lure students who can't gain admission to the Florida university of their choice, the Herald-Tribune reports.

AROUND THE NATION: Several universities and colleges are experiencing unexpected growth, USA Today reports. Meanwhile, many schools in Ohio, Texas and New York are freezing tuition to keep college affordable, USA Today reports. Dual-language classes take hold at a Los Angeles elementary school, the LA Times reports.

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


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