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Euclidschool450_45570c OLD SCHOOL, NEW HOUSING: Pinellas officials consider converting the former Euclid Elementary, northwest of downtown St. Petersburg, into affordable housing for teachers. (Times photo, Cherie Diez)

TIME TO CONTINUE CUTTING: Pasco leaders get word that the state will withhold $9.1-million from its funding.

AUCTION TIME: St. Petersburg College will put donated artwork up for sale to raise money for a planned natural wildlife habitat and environmental center.

TOP OF THE CLASS: Aquaponic garden grows at Spring Hill school (Westside Elementary); Swiftmud awards 12 minigrants to Hernando schools; Wider Horizon's Biography Fair puts students in someone else's shoes; School's festival uses literature as a lure (Seven Springs Middle); Volcanoes dot the Quail Hollow landscape

STILL COUNTING: Most school board races are settled. But not in Indian River, where the candidates -- separated by a mere 106 votes -- face a manual recount, the Vero Beach Press-Journal reports.

STANDARDS SQUABBLE: As money grows tight, some leaders of accredited public and private universities contend that for-profit colleges shouldn't share in state support, the Florida Times-Union reports.

VIRTUALLY RIDICULOUS: Florida's new law allowing kindergarteners to attend school without entering a classroom makes no sense to Palm Beach Post columnist Frank Cerabino.

ANOTHER REJECTION: Mavericks in Education, a new charter school firm trying to set up shop in Florida, gets turned down in Broward, the Sun-Sentinel reports. (Hernando also has rejected the group's application, and Pasco is set to do so next week.)

MORE CUTS: Miami-Dade faces $122-million in additional budget reductions, the Miami Herald reports.

MAKING SENSE: Miami-Dade pilots a program designed to help students who are still learning English understand science -- they teach them in both English and the kids' native tongue, the Miami Herald reports.

NOT GONNA HAPPEN: Sarasota rejects a move away from high school block scheduling, calling the idea a step backward, the Herald-Tribune reports.

MAKING A DIFFERENCE: Teach For America volunteers already see they've made an impact in the program's first year in Duval schools, the Florida Times-Union reports.


[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 10:03am]


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