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A4s_sansom010609_51762c SANSOM RESIGNS AS COLLEGE VP: Facing mounting criticism over a perceived conflict of interest, Florida House Speaker Ray Sansom quit his job as a vice president of Northwest Florida State College. Read Sansom's statement why he made the move. The Times editorializes that the resignation doesn't answer all the questions behind Sansom's dealings. (AP photo)

BALANCING THE BUDGET: Florida's financial picture is $100-million worse than lawmakers thought, forcing them to look at even deeper cuts. No resolutions were reached on the first day of special session.

WARNING SIGNS: The Nature Coast High teacher who faces charges for having sex with a student was reprimanded a year ago for having inappropriate photos on his MySpace page.

INVESTIGATION DELAYED: Pinellas officials have not completed their review of former principal Maureen Thornton because she has taken a medical leave of absence.

CUTTING-EDGE FICTION: USF English professor Rita Ciresi is an award-winning author who writes about modern women.

FSU LAYOFFS: Florida State plans to shed about 200 workers because of budget cuts, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.

NO INTEREST: Cape Coral leaders sideline their desire to create a college and "academic village" in the city, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.

'BELIEVE IN MANATEE': New Manatee superintendent Tim McGonegal rallies employees on their first day back from vacation -- his first day on the job, the Bradenton Herald reports. More from the Herald-Tribune.

ONE MORE CENT: The FEA renews its call for a temporary sales tax increase to help Florida raise money for schools, in Miami reports. Four Panhandle FEA affiliates buy radio air time to urge the community to fight for school funding, the Panama City News Herald reports.

MAKE A DEAL: Both Miami-Dade teachers and administrators need to give a little to break their contract negotiation deadlock, the Miami Herald editorializes.

MATH MATTERS: Brevard sets a goal to have 60 percent of its eighth-graders passing algebra by 2013, Florida Today reports.


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