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FAMU FINANCES: Lawmakers reverse themselves to allow Florida A&M to retain financial control over the engineering school it shares with Florida State. But a bill moving ahead in the Senate would require stricter oversight of FAMU's money situation. The university also responds to its latest audit findings.

NOT ENOUGH TIME: Pasco County teachers and the School Board decide to pass on a second chance to grab $3.5-million from the state for teacher performance pay bonuses. Though the new Merit Award Program is better than STAR, they say, its May 1 deadline to submit a plan for this year is too soon.

ALL FOR SHOW: Outnumbered House Democrats propose rolling back required local tax effort for schools to 2005 levels. They were trying to make the point that the GOP-dominated Legislature has balanced the education budget on the shoulders of local taxpayers. Their move failed.

$1 AT A TIME: Senators approve a bill that would use taxes on slot machine revenue to support the Florida Prepaid scholarship fund.

PLANNING FOR HIGH SCHOOL: Hernando County eighth graders have begun choosing their majors, a new state requirement.

SETTING A BAD EXAMPLE: On the football field, Vernon J. Hobbs of Tampa was one of Blake High's stars. He had a stack of recruiting letters from colleges. He probably won't be going. Hobbs and three classmates stand accused of a violent crime spree, which they helped document on their own MySpace pages.

NO FUNDING SHIFT: Lawmakers from south Florida failed to change the school finance formula that they say benefits north and central Florida, the Palm Beach Post reports.

FORGET SCHOOL THEATER: A group of Connecticut high school students whose principal canceled their self-penned play on Iraq are headed to off-Broadway to perform their work, the NY Times reports.

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


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