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Oldtv_static_medium_2 TV TROUBLES: Florida's budget woes have forced Hillsborough to cancel most of its educational programming on its local cable outlet. Only board meetings are being broadcast for now.

VOUCHER EXPANSION: The number of Florida K-12 students attending private school on the public's dime continues to increase, the Orlando Sentinel reports. Florida's success with vouchers should serve as an example for other states including New York, Manhattan Institute senior fellow Marcus Winters opines in the New York Daily News.

A LOT OF LEGAL REPRESENTATION: The Martin, Indian River and St. Lucie districts spent a combined $1.7-million on laywers over 17 months, the Stuart News reports.

NEW PUTNAM SUPERINTENDENT ON HOT SEAT: Tom Townsend rose to the superintendent's job by criticizing the former leader's management skills. Now Townsend faces similar criticism of his own decisions, the Florida Times-Union reports.

GOOD MARKS DESPITE FAILURE: Lee superintendent James Browder gets a sparkling evaluation from his board even though he hasn't met many of the goals set forth in his contract, the Naples Daily News reports.

PUSHING KIDS HIGHER: The Orlando Sentinel focuses on two teachers who got high achieving students to perform even higher on the FCAT.

MORE MONEY, PLEASE: Demand for financial aid grows at Pensacola Junior College, the Pensacola News-Journal reports.

STILL NO DEAL: Brevard teachers remain far from a contract, with conversations yet to begin on salary and benefits, Florida Today reports.

ANOTHER ONE BITES THE DUST: Cursive handwriting is yet another school skill that falls by the wayside in the effort to meet FCAT demands, Florida Today reports.

AROUND THE NATION: Schools across the country face a math and science teacher shortage, the Christian Science Monitor reports. Small rural school districts embrace technology and virtual classes as a way to improve their children's options, the Wall Street Journal reports.

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


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