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MEET THE FINALISTS: Pinellas residents will have a chance on Monday to talk to the three schools superintendent finalists. School Board members say the interactions will pay a factor in who they pick on Wednesday. "We have to find someone who can reach the community," member Carol Cook says.

NO FREE RIDES: Hillsborough stops providing free buses to county-run after-school programs, creating transportation problems for working parents and their children.

AIM HIGHER: Florida teachers should be teaching kids to learn, not just to meet standards, columnist Dan DeWitt writes.

FINANCIAL FREE-FOR-ALL: Florida's university system faces an unprecedented money crunch that calls for lawmakers to take a different approach to the budget, the Times editorializes.

Bilde PIZZA PARTY: Manatee schools keep serving restaurant pizza in cafeterias despite the nutritional concerns that have prompted nearby districts to scale back sales and change ingredients, the Herald-Tribune reports. (Herald-Tribune photo)

SUPERINTENDENT NEWS: Manatee is starting up its search, and the Bradenton Herald offers its two cents on what it thinks the best candidate would look like. Miami-Dade superintendent Rudy Crew talks with the Miami Herald about his looming ouster.

MERIT PAY: Escambia teachers get their MAP bonuses to mixed response, the Pensacola News-Journal reports.

MORE ON AMENDMENT 5: The Florida Supreme Court did taxpayers a favor by booting Amendment 5 from the ballot, the Herald-Tribune editorializes. That decision seems to have slowed the fervor in Tallahassee for changing the property tax structure, Orlando Sentinel columnist Aaron Deslatte writes.

JUST SUBSCRIBE: Broward College joins the growing ranks of schools offering courses on iTunes U, the Miami Herald reports.

NO MORE EXEMPTION: The state's plan to release FCAT results later in the year forces the Palm Beach district to end its offer of exam exemptions to high schoolers who pass the FCAT. That has some educators worried that kids will take the FCAT less seriously as a result, the Palm Beach Post reports.

BYE-BYE, PUBLIC SCHOOL: Private school enrollment in Lake County continues to grow, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

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


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