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NEW TUITION PLAN: Lawmakers agree to let Florida's three national research universities - UF, USF and FSU - increase their rates by as much as 40 percent, marking a major change in the way they have looked at tuition and the universities' financial needs. Gov. Charlie Crist has vowed to veto anything that makes college cost more.

Pinellas County school employees have a much higher opinion of the superintendent and School Board. They also say the climate has improved at many schools where morale had been low.

TEACHERS PICKET: Hillsborough high school teachers continue to protest the administration's plan to make them teach six periods a day instead of five. The School Board and superintendent show no sign of budging. This issue looms over pending contract negotiations. (link to come)

BOARD CLOSES CHARTER: The Language Academy in New Port Richey had staved off attempts to shutter its doors for months, promising to fix its financial problems. School Board members finally pulled the plug Tuesday.

KIDS HELPING KIDS: Peer mediation started as a trial in a handful of middle schools in 1991. Now it's in just about every school in Pinellas County.

FAMU AUDIT OUT: The university's explanations about missing money and questionable transactions failed to convince the state auditor, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.

SCHOOLS BUDGET: Lawmakers appear set to let school districts take advantage of continued growth in local property values, even as they criticize other local governments for wanting to do the same thing, the Palm Beach Post reports.

CLASS SIZE SCANDAL (UPDATE): We've been keeping tabs on the story of the Santa Ana, Calif., school district that lied about class size figures to claim state funding. Well, the state has finally caught up with the district, and it looks like the district will lose $2-million, the LA Times reports.

TEACH HOW, THEN WHY: A Chicago teacher offers his views in the Chicago Tribune on why so many kids can't do advanced math.

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


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