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Tuition450_27079c_2 TUITION TO RISE: The state has no extra funds, but Florida's universities say they need some. So Gov. Crist announces a plan to let all 11 public universities increase tuition by up to 15 percent. FAU president Frank Brogan says that's an important step, the Palm Beach Post reports. (Times file photo illustration)

Pinellas sees its usually dismal graduation rate rise as the state's rate also increases to its highest recorded level. Pasco's dropout and graduation rates also improve dramatically. (Expect these grad rates to fall next year if the feds move ahead with a plan to discount GED completers.) The Miami Herald's cheery take: Pending budget cuts could take down the very programs that are helping so many teens.

WHAT HAPPENS NEXT? Proposals to merge some Pinellas middle schools leave parents and teachers seeking answers about what it would mean for them and the students.

STAY SECULAR: Hillsborough's calendar committee recommends a school year without days off for religious holidays. Many parents didn't show much love for Fair Day or Strawberry Festival Day, either.

THAT WAS EASY: Pasco's board names two new schools in record time after the communities they will serve.

TIME TO MOVE: The Pinellas School Board finally takes needed steps to tackle long-simmering issues, the Times editorializes. The Florida Legislature, meanwhile, must wake up and see it is indeed time to act on the state's financial crisis now and not later, the Times editorializes.

AN INSPIRATION: The Great American Teach-In lets kids see their parents and community members as role models for the future, columnist C.T. Bowen writes.

TOP OF THE CLASS: East Bay student's hectic pace comes from drive and desire; Teamwork makes Bevis Elementary a Blue Ribbon School; Persevering teacher takes own advice: 'Believe in yourself'

FACING THE CHALLENGE: Three southwest Florida superintendents talk with community leaders about the financial issues plaguing their districts, the Naples Daily News reports. Lee's superintendent says expect more cuts, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.

THANKS, BUT NO: FAU president Frank Brogan declines a $50,000 bonus, saying the economy doesn't warrant it, the Sun-Sentinel reports. More from the Palm Beach Post.

GEE, WONDER WHY THEY PICKED HIM? Northwest Florida State College picks newly appointed Florida House Speaker Ray Sansom to be its vice president for planning and development, the Northwest Florida Daily News reports.

HE CAN STAY: The Jackson School Board upholds a recommendation to suspend but not fire a teacher who used the n-word in class to describe Barack Obama, the Panama City News-Herald reports.

PLAYING POLITICS: An Alachua board member wins her second term, this time by a 2-1 margin, but still can't get her colleagues on the board to let her be the chairman, the Gainesville Sun reports.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 10:05am]


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