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Peanutbutterpreview FIND ANOTHER SNACK: Area school districts remove peanut butter products from their cafeterias and vending machines in the wake of a national salmonella scare. (Image from

CUT ADMINISTRATIVE COSTS: Pinellas needs to slash its administration expenses and have more money reach the classroom, the Times editorializes.

WORST CASE SCENARIO: For Lee, that would be a $70-million cut and 1,000 layoffs, the Naples Daily News reports. More from the Fort Myers News-Press.

MAKING BOOKS CHEAPER: The State Board of Education tells colleges and universities they must post a required textbook list for each class 45 days before the class begins, so students have more time to seek deals, the Florida Times-Union reports.

BUDGET CRISIS? A private school in Bradenton prepares a multimillion-dollar expansion, with the first phase to be complete in a year, the Bradenton Herald reports. And, a Gainesville Catholic school sails through the recession essentially unscathed as other Catholic schools close their doors, the Gainesville Sun reports.

LEARNING FROM A KID: Broward teachers get lessons in how to effectively teach children from an 11-year-old prodigy, the Miami Herald reports.

LOOKING FOR LOCAL SUPPORT: Seminole considers asking voters to increase their property taxes to support public schools, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

AROUND THE NATION: The evolution battle in Texas closes with both sides claiming partial victory, the NY Times reports. LA schools reverse course and don't lay off 2,300 teachers as planned, the LA Times reports.

Visit the Gradebook at noon for an interview with Phyllis Musumeci, founder of Florida Families Against Restraint and Seclusion. And at 10 p.m., we'll let you know who won Pasco teacher of the year.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 10:12am]


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