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A TAXING SITUATION: Florida lawmakers talk a lot about easing homeowners' property tax burden. But their efforts to change the tax structure does nothing to relieve the public schools' reliance on property taxes. The debate continues in Tallahassee.

FIGHTING AT FAMU: Factions have battled over the university's future for years, but usually in the background. One feud becomes increasingly public as board of trustees chairwoman Challis Lowe comes up for another term.

HOPE FOR THE FUTURE: Emily McGeorge is 18 and planning for life after high school. She has big dreams, but also Down's syndrome, and her mom wonders just how much Emily can achieve.

HARRY HINTS: Summer vacation will get a reading boost when the last Harry Potter book finally appears. Fans are searching for hints as to what the ending entails by poring over the three versions of cover art that were released this week.

ONE MAN'S JUNK ... Teachers and administrators love to troll the Palm Beach County school district "redistribution center," looking for teaching gems among the items that other schools have cast off as trash, the Sun-Sentinel reports.

NO MORE GERMAN: Palm Beach County schools cut the language from the curriculum, saying not enough students take it to warrant the expense, the Palm Beach Post reports. Could other districts be far behind?

WHEN CLASS SIZE DOESN'T WORK: Auditors are looking into allegations that the Santa Ana, Calif., school district created phantom classes and misused substitute teachers to "prove" it met the state's class-size reduction law, the LA Times reports. How close an eye will we have to keep on Florida districts to make sure the same thing doesn't happen here, especially as we move to classroom counts next year?

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:15am]


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