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Education news and notes from Tampa Bay and Florida

Today's news

BOARD WANTS ITS SAY: Some members of the Pasco School Board complain that the district administration tries to set policies and priorities for them, and they're ready to pull back on the reins.

Margaret Wermann of Spring Hill enrolled in nursing school as a teen. Life got in the way, and the 48-year-old is just now finishing. She and about 600 others graduate from Pasco-Hernando Community College tonight.

Two teens, one of whom graduated from the school, were arrested for spraying racist graffiti on Palm Harbor University High School just before prom. And now you know that the campus video cameras actually work.

STUDY SECURITY: Gov. Charlie Crist signs an order creating a 7-member task force to find ways to make university and college campuses more safe. He gives the group a May 24 deadline to report back.

EDUCATION, BRIEFLY: The House approves voucher expansion, a bill to improve minority participation in Advanced Placement passes, and college bookstores gain a tax exemption. Read about these here.

FROM THE OP-ED PAGES: Lawmakers are still working to keep vouchers alive through a financial shell game that subverts the state Supreme Court's ruling that the program is unconstitutional, and the editorial board says shame on them. "This was a bad idea last year, and it is still a bad idea this year."

If you knew a teen who is pregnant? Students in Catholic schools around Florida are being asked that question as part of a new curriculum required by the state's bishops. The lessons center on the law that allows parents to leave a newborn at a designated site, like an emergency room, with no questions asked, the Sun-Sentinel reports.

Their cost has risen at twice the rate of inflation over the past 20 years. So lawmakers are working to require colleges and universities to minimize the cost of textbooks, the Florida Times-Union reports.

NCAA CRACKS DOWN: It says some prep schools exist solely to get high school athletes a scholarship, and changes the academic requirements for students to gain college sports eligibility, the NY Times reports.

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


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