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B2s_celltowers12140_49596c ARE CELL TOWERS WORTH IT? Hillsborough schools have four more cell towers on tap with plans to use the lease money to pay for supplies and equipment. But some parents argue that the potential health risks are too great. (Times photo, Gen Yamaguchi)

THE STATE COLLEGE PLAN: House Speaker Ray Sansom worked behind the scenes with Northwest Florida State College's president, seemingly skirting Florida's Sunshine Law, to press for the creation of the new state college system that could bring more money to the college, which then gave Sansom a job.

UF PREZ SAYS FLORIDA NEEDS HIGHER TUITION: "But here's the problem: The longer we charge bargain-basement tuition, the closer we get to handing out worthless diplomas," UF president Bernie Machen writes in an op-ed piece.

USF CONTRACT APPROVED: The USF faculty and trustees reach a one-year accord on salaries, benefits and other working conditions, WMNF-FM reports.

MORE FREE LUNCHES: Lee schools see a record 62 percent of students qualifying for free and reduced-price meals, the Fort Myers News-Press reports. With paid purchases down, Okaloosa decides to increase its meal prices, the Northwest Florida Daily News reports.

NEW PLAN, LOWER GRADES: Florida's new system for grading high schools could lead to more D's and F's for Treasure Coast schools, the Stuart News reports.

SHRINKING GOVERNMENT: Florida's budget crisis has conservative leaders thinking about reducing the scope of services, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.

AT LEAST CONSIDER TAXES: Florida lawmakers need to look into new revenue sources to prevent further harm to the public education system, Florida Today editorializes.

AROUND THE NATION: A Brooklyn College prof uses South Park as a launching point for debate over political correctness, NPR reports. Federal education watchers wonder what changes might come in an Obama administration, the NY Times reports.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 10:08am]


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