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B2s_boundaries012809_54511c EVERYBODY SHIFT: Hillsborough approves new attendance zones for three east county elementary schools. Meanwhile, parents and students balk at new proposed boundaries for their east county high schools. People in north-central Hillsborough aren't too thrilled about suggested new high school boundaries there either. (Times photo, Daniel Wallace)

FLORIDA NEEDS PHARMACISTS: So USF seeks state approval to start a pharmacy school.

ANOTHER CELL PHONE DEAL: Cimino Elementary is the latest to look to letting a cell tower rise on campus to raise money.

GOING GREEN: The University of Tampa reviews its commitment to the environment.

SUPER HOOPLA: American Idol winner Jordin Sparks and Tennessee Titans star Albert Haynes surprise the kids at Seven Oaks Elementary in Pasco as part of this week's Super Bowl activities.

POOR LESSON: Fired Pasco sub Jim Piculas offers a bad example to kids in suing the school district over losing his job, the Times editorializes.

FREE MONEY: Thousands of Florida college students aren't applying for Pell Grants they're likely eligible for, the Sun-Sentinel reports.

GET REAL: Seminole officials say Florida should find a real fix for public education funding, and not just hope for federal bailout money, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

DISSATISFIED: A regional survey finds just 31 percent of Duval residents satisfied with their public education system, the Florida Times-Union reports.

CLEARED: Lee board member Steven Teuber is cleared in two ethics cases, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.

THIS WILL HURT: Broward leaders say layoffs, sports cuts and more are options as the district goes into budget crisis mode, the Miami Herald reports. FSU president T.K. Wetherell paints a grim picture of the school's future in the wake of pending budget cuts, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.

CHARTER CONVERSION: Volusia plans to close the only school in Oak Hill. Parents hope it will become a charter school, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.

AROUND THE NATION: A Maryland district looks at ways to go paperless to cut spending, the Washington Post reports. Cal State students worry about the effect of proposed financial aid cuts, the LA Times reports. New York chancellor Joel Klein asks state lawmakers for flexibility in funding to avoid huge layoffs, the NY Times reports.


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