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MAKING IT MEANINGFUL: Pasco high school leaders aim to ensure that seniors' final yearlong project carries some importance for the students.

CAN THEY SUE? The Florida Supreme Court has ruled that the releases parents sign saying they won't sue so their kids can participate in an activity aren't valid for commercial purposes, leading some critics to worry that the decision might blur the line between commercial and nonprofit -- a school field trip to a business, for instance, columnist Howard Troxler writes.

CONNECTING THE DOTS: Documents make clear the links between House Speaker Ray Sansom, Northwest Florida State College and the hangar a Sansom friend got tax money for to build at the college. While we're on the subject, there sure are loads of lawmakers who take salaries from schools and colleges, even while they're cutting those budgets, the Miami Herald/St. Petersburg Times reports. The Lakeland Ledger also takes a look at "double dipping" lawmakers.

NOTHING IS SACRED: Okaloosa schools prepare for another round of budget cuts, the Northwest Florida Daily News reports.

ASK THE PRINCIPALS: Before making new education policy, Florida lawmakers should talk with the leaders of the state's top schools to see what they would recommend to improve the system, Sun-Sentinel columnist Stephen Goldstein writes. The Florida Times-Union, meanwhile, urges lawmakers to make Florida's children a top priority while considering the budget.

STAY ALERT: Manatee educators offer parents ideas to keep their children mentally active during the holiday vacation, the Bradenton Herald reports.

100 DAYS: Miami-Dade superintendent Alberto Carvalho makes strong strides in his first three months leading the nation's fifth-largest school district, the Miami Herald reports.

SPEAK UP: Lake students learn how to deal with bullies, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

AROUND THE NATION: Hawaii teachers accept random drug testing in exchange for higher pay, then they take the money while fighting the drug testing, the AP reports. A Georgia family of seven children leaves no child behind as it home schools, Florida Times-Union columnist Terry Dickson writes. A growing number of big-city schools share buildings and work out the management relationships, the NY Times reports.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 10:09am]


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