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Florida education news: Jeb Bush, school budget cuts, Haiti travel and more

FOLLOWING FLORIDA: Several states look to Jeb Bush and his education program for advice on how to improve their public schools. (AP photo)

WALK INSTEAD: Pinellas school officials consider ending courtesy bus rides amid budget cuts.

TOUGH CHOICES: After years of shrinking budgets, Florida schools find it more difficult to slash spending again without hurting students and classrooms, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

STILL WAITING: A Merritt Island High alum pledges $3.1 million to the school, and has yet to come through with the cash, Florida Today reports.

MONTESSORI IN THE MIDDLE: Lakeland has the only Montessori middle school operating in central Florida, the Lakeland Ledger reports.

REPAIRS NEEDED: Palm Beach schools need to make more than 100,000 improvements to be fully ADA compliant, the Palm Beach Post reports.

GO IF YOU WANT: The University of Florida eases its restrictions on travel to Haiti for school business or course work, the Gainesville Sun reports.

Posted by Jeff Solochek at 6:08:38 am on May 16, 2011