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Bankruptcy BUDGET GETS WORSE: Florida's drop in revenues continues to grow, prompting Senate leaders to prepare for a special session. If nothing changes, schools could lose another $780-million next year, new estimates show.

PASCO PREPARES: In advance of a Tuesday budget workshop, Pasco superintendent Heather Fiorentino distributes a plan calling for $8.6-million in cuts, with warnings that more slashing appears imminent.

ABOUT THAT RAISE: Perhaps it would have been smarter for Hernando to use its reserves for one-time bonuses than for permanent raises, noting the current financial times, the Times editorializes. Other districts have given nothing, including most recently Seminole, as the Orlando Sentinel reports.

SINCE YOU COMPLAINED: Pinellas board members consider possible tweaks to their plan to shut five schools, though they don't appear likely to call off the closures.

FINISH IT ONLINE: Hernando officials support an online program to help dropouts and potential dropouts get their high school diplomas.

WHAT ARE YOU DOING? A group of Times reporters visits 10 Hillsborough schools to see how teachers spend the half-day training time the district recently implemented for one Wednesday each month.

NO GIRLS? NO LEAGUE: Westside Christian School quits its athletic conference affiliation after the league denies a Westside girl the right to play on the boys basketball team.

PROBATION FOR EX-TEACHER: Former Middleton High teacher Christina Butler gets five years' probation as a sex offender after her guilty plea for having sex with a student.

TOP OF THE CLASS: Hernando High's big cat on campus; Academy Prep students train for Reindeer Run in PE

ATTENDANCE INCENTIVES: Miami-Dade unveils a new weekend tutoring program for students who attend F-rated schools. Students who go will get paid, and those who miss will be penalized, the Miami Herald reports.

IMAGINE KEEPS IMAGINING: This time, the charter company seeks to expand its presence in Indian River, the Vero Beach Press-Journal reports.

ON THE RADIO: Despite budget woes, Palm Beach authorizes the purchase of a public radio and television station for up to $4.5-million, the Palm Beach Post reports.

SUING FOR DOLLARS: Miami-Dade agrees to sue the state for $34-million in tax money it says the state is not providing, the Miami Herald reports.

FEELING IT: Florida Gulf Coast University sees its investment portfolio value sink by 29 percent, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.

AROUND THE NATION: Colorado schools will ban soda sales, the Rocky Mountain News reports. Some Maryland parents complain about commercial-laden radio programming being pumped into their kids' school buses, the Washington Post reports. College presidents say a college degree is vital to future economic success, USA Today reports.


[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 10:07am]


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