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SUMMER REMAINS THE SAME: The first day of school kept moving closer to July. Then the Florida Legislature intervened last year, at the behest of the tourism industry. School district leaders asked to retain local control. Yesterday, lawmakers said no.

UF FEE GAINS STEAM: A key House committee agrees to impose a $500 per semester fee for the University of Florida, hoping to give the school a financial boost into the upper echelons of academia. The Senate and the governor aren't on the same track yet.

THEY'RE NOT HAPPY: Angry teachers fill the Hillsborough School Board meeting to complain about changes to their work conditions next year. Their rowdy demeanor didn't please some board members.

NO DELAY: A survey of Pinellas students shows high numbers contemplating suicide, having sex and participating in other risky behavior. School Board members, who got the results Tuesday, push the issue to the top of their priority list.

NEW COLLEGE-BOUND OPTION: The Pinellas County school district and St. Petersburg College join forces to establish the Early College Program for high-achieving juniors and seniors.

IN THEIR FACE: So the UF faculty doesn't want to honor former governor Jeb Bush with an honorary degree because of his record on education issues? Name the school of education after him, says a south Florida lawmaker.

TRYING TO REVIVE VOUCHERS: A Senate committee moves to reestablish the state's voucher program using corporate tax credits. Supporters say that gets around the Supreme Court arguments that killed that the old plan, the Associated Press reports.

FAMU UPDATE: A key House lawmaker says the embattled university should retain control of its engineering school, the Tallahassee Democrat reports. The university's main Senate supporter, meanwhile, says FAMU board chair Challis Lowe has virtually no chance of gaining reappointment, the Democrat reports.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:16am]


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