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LAND DEAL QUESTIONED: Critics accuse the Hillsborough school district of cronyism for buying 34 acres from a retired School Board member. District officials say they did everything by the book.

LENDING PRACTICES INVESTIGATED: The U.S. Department of Education and Congress are looking into whether colleges and universities, including some in Florida, steer students toward financial aid packages that earn the schools money.

SUPERINTENDENT SIGNING: The Hernando County School Board expects to complete its contract with superintendent-designate Wayne Alexander on Tuesday. The details are still being hashed out.

WEIGHING IN ON P.E.: Citrus County stands ready to implement Gov. Crist's desire to have all elementary kids do 30 minutes of daily physical activity. One problem, though, and it's not FCAT prep. There are too many kids and not enough money to hire all the needed PE teachers, they say.

FROM THE OPINION PAGES: Six former governors call upon the current one to improve the state's Universal Prekindergarten program. The former Board of Regents chairman says more college students should study abroad.

QUITTING NEA: Collier County school employees switch to the Teamsters. It's proving a controversial move, the Naples Daily News reports.

PRE-K SHRINKS: Some of Orange County's neediest children might lose access to the free state pre-k program because the schools nearest them did not meet state class-size reduction requirements, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

BAD KID ALERTS: Five Suffolk County, N.Y., eighth graders hand out doughnuts filled with laxatives to their classmates and teachers, USA Today reports. Two Seattle-area girls contaminate their teacher's coffee cup with lip gloss, the Seattle Times reports.

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


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