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Today's news

THINK BEFORE YOU DRINK: Before prom begins, students at Admiral Farragut Academy hear from a woman who's about to stand trial for DUI manslaughter. It gives them pause, though some say they'll probably still toss back a few.

SIGN THE DARNED BILL: Florida's three top research universities could improve with a cash infusion. Gov. Crist now must decide whether cheap tuition or top-notch education matters more, the editorial board says.

USF SETS GLOBAL VISION: The university has put forth a strategic plan that seeks to prepare students for the global economy, provost Renu Khator writes in a guest column.

Pasco School Board member Cathi Martin explains in a letter to the editor that she missed the last board meeting because of a medical emergency. The editorial board had called for her to rethink her job if she can't show up.

FINALLY READY: One of the Charlotte County schools destroyed by Hurricane Charley in 2004 will open in August, the Herald-Tribune reports. Four others should reopen in 2009.

PRINCIPALS GET AN EARFUL: Duval County's superintendent, who has $24,000 in bonuses riding on test results, angrily lectures district principals about poor third-grade FCAT scores and tells them to work harder, the Florida Times-Union reports.

MAYBE SITTING ON THEM IS A BIT MUCH: Palm Beach County, facing a parent complaint about teachers who restrained a child with cerebral palsy, will revisit its 13-year-old policy that lets school officials protect themselves from children with disabilities who are lashing out, the Sun-Sentinel reports.

FAMU PREZ SETS AGENDA: James Ammons, who takes over the school in July, plans to give students better accessibility to leadership in his effort to turn the university around, reports Black College Wire. Meanwhile, the financially troubled school ends its lease of space it has used at the Tallahassee airport to greet visitors since 1999, the AP reports.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:17am]


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