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HELPING HAND: The Pinellas County Juvenile Welfare Board wants to expand a program that offers tutoring and extra aid, sometimes in the home, to needy students and their families throughout the county.

COPS WANTED: Turnover at the University of South Florida police department is alarming officials, especially as they seek to boost campus security in light of the recent massacre at Virginia Tech.

FROM THE OP-ED PAGES: The FCAT reading cut score for high school sophomores is too high and needs to be more in line with the students' real abilities, the editorial board says.

HOW MUCH TO BUILD A SCHOOL? Broward County taxpayers soon might be longing for the days of a $90-million high school. The next one on the books looks to be costing closer to $130-million, the Sun-Sentinel reports. (Remember when folks thought a $40-million high school was extravagant, about four years ago?)

LIFE SKILLS NEEDED: But now that the state has dropped the life management skills health class as a graduation requirement, many students who need to lessons might not get them, the Miami Herald reports.

PLAYING FAVORITES: As lawmakers prepare to let USF, UF and FSU raise their tuition, leaders at other state universities are complaining that they need some love and money, too, the Palm Beach Post reports.

IS IT FANTASY, OR A THREAT? Teachers and school administrators look at more than just words in students' writing assignments when the message on the page causes alarm, the Chicago Tribune reports.

Parents can get immediate updates on their kids' school progress through Edline and programs like it that their schools adopt. Then they can ask lots of questions. Parents like it, but the kids, not so much, the Washington Post reports.

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


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