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Pasbonus121608a_49707c INSTEAD OF BONUSES: The vast majority of Pasco schools used their state recognition funds for employee bonuses. Not the Academy at the Farm charter school, which purchased needed equipment and materials -- just like every other year it has received the funding. (Times photo, Jeffrey S. Solochek)

THE WORST IS YET TO COME: Pasco puts together long lists of possible cuts to consider in advance of huge expected declines in revenue. Manatee finds itself in the same position, the Bradenton Herald reports. Cuts in mind, Leon superintendent Jackie Pons met with lawmakers to plead the case for public education funding, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.

TURNING HIS LIFE AROUND: Richard Sikes of Port Richey was "going nowhere" a decade ago. Now he's graduating from Pasco-Hernando Community College.

GUNS AT SCHOOL: Two Hillsborough teens were caught bringing guns to their high schools, one at Alonso and the other at Hillsborough.

CURRICULUM CONCERNS: Some St. Lucie elementary teachers complain that their new math program is too scripted, the Port St. Lucie News reports.

A NEW ASSIGNMENT: Florida's principal of the year transfers to one of the state's lowest performing schools, Miami Central Senior High, the Miami Herald reports.

IN HIS OWN DEFENSE: House Speaker Ray Sansom says his effort to bring money to Northwest Florida State College was transparent, the Northwest Florida Daily News reports.

MORE STUDENTS WITHOUT HOMES: The number of Manatee homeless students has risen 15 percent in a year, the Herald-Tribune reports.

DETAILS, DETAILS: Florida college leaders remain undecided about how to fund four-year degree programs at state colleges and where to place which ones, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.

AROUND THE NATION: Some school literature specialists question whether recent Newbery Medal winners are too inaccessible for elementary students, the Washington Post reports. Obama picks Chicago's schools superintendent to lead the federal Education department, the Chicago Tribune reports.

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


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