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DIRTY POLITICS: The sister-in-law of Pinellas interim superintendent Julie Janssen sends School Board members a last-minute e-mail noting past minor legal infractions of Alberto Carvalho, another finalist for the superintendent's job. Janssen says she knew nothing of the attempt to discredit her competitor.

A BETTER WAY: The Hillsborough School Board discusses options to improve the district's troubled busing system. One possibility - charging students for rides that the district doesn't get reimbursed for.

Nal_spc091008_37386d SPC SPECIALTY: St. Petersburg College offers one of just four programs in the country where students can learn about orthotics. (Times photo, Scott Keeler)

IT'S A GAMBLE: Falling lottery ticket sales have reduced the amount of money available for Florida public schools by millions.

MID-YEAR CUTBACKS: Lee looks at cutting 75 teachers because of low enrollment, the first time the district would have to do that in the middle of a school year, the Fort Myers News-Press reports. Palm Beach superintendent Art Johnson says that district also faces mid-year layoffs, the Palm Beach Post reports. Same for Polk, the Lakeland Ledger reports. (Really, pretty much every district is warning of a similar situation.)

RELUCTANT TO CUT: As Miami-Dade moves to dismiss its superintendent, the School Board also appears unwilling to make $18.5-million in spending cuts recommended by the outgoing leader, the Miami Herald reports.

STILL NO DEAL: Broward teachers and administration fail to settle their contract for this year over a dispute about "step" increases for next year, the Miami Herald reports.

NOT BALANCED: The Bay School Board learns it's $3.16-million short of a balanced budget just a day after approving the 2008-09 spending plan, the Panama City News Herald reports.

MORE THAN JUST A PARTY SCHOOL: UF also provides the cover girl for the latest Playboy magazine, the Gainesville Sun reports.

ARRESTS ON THE RISE: Leon schools see an increase of 90 arrests made at schools, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.

GOOD FOR HISPANICS: Hispanic Business magazine rates FSU's law school fifth best in the country, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:56am]


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