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Pac_mixit111408_45828c GETTING TO KNOW YOU: Students at Wiregrass Ranch High step outside their comfort zone at lunch to "mix it up" with people they don't usually socialize with. Of course, it's not for everybody. (Times photo, Lance Aram Rothstein)

WORTH A SHOT: The Pinellas School Board should closely consider a proposal to turn an old school into housing for teachers, the Times editorializes.

TWICE AS BIG: Florida Atlantic's Treasure Coast campus doubles its size in response to community demands, the Stuart News reports.

MAJOR CUTS: Miami-Dade prepares to eliminate 440 jobs - including 110 assistant principal slots - to make up its budget shortfall, the Miami Herald reports.

NEW LEADER FOR STETSON: Wendy Libby, president of Stephens College in Missouri, will become Stetson's first female president in its 125-year history, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

ON YOUR MARK, GET SET, STACK: Students in a Winter Haven elementary school improve their eye-hand coordination - and their reading skills - while competing in "sport stacking," the Lakeland Ledger reports. Some Brevard students also get in on the act, Florida Today reports.

WHO'S THAT GUY? A bank robbery suspect bursts into a Bradenton elementary school during class hours and is arrested there, the Bradenton Herald reports. More from the Herald-Tribune.

BACK TO CLASS: Lee School Board members consider substitute teaching as an additional responsibility, the Naples Daily News reports.

SPECIAL SESSION? Incoming House Speaker Ray Sansom, who has dismissed the idea previously, tells the Northwest Florida Daily News he'll consider the idea after next week's revenue estimating conference.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 10:04am]


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