AN 'UNCLEAN SOCK': Florida teachers aren't thrilled with the performance pay plan lawmakers came up with in the recently ended session. After reading the small print, they find it's not all that different than the one they wanted thrown out. Said Pinellas teachers union chief Jade Moore: "You have basically exchanged a dirty rag for an unclean sock."
GETTING THEM READY: 5-year-olds did a lot less crying in kindergarten thank to the state voluntary prekindergarten program, Hernando school officials say. The program is enrolling children now for the summer session.
FROM THE OP-ED PAGES: Ask away, Bill. As attorney general, you should be looking into the too-cozy relationships between college lenders and the financial aid officials who tout them, the editorial board says.
MATH MATTERS: More and more students are taking algebra in eighth grade, as the state tries to boost math education to a competitive level, the Sun-Sentinel reports. Of course, making four years of math a graduation requirement helps.
JUICE OR FRUIT? A new report indicates that the easiest way to get students to pick healthy food in the cafeteria is to offer it to them, the LA Times reports. That, and, don't make junk food easily available in a vending machine next to the food line, that is.
DUMB TEACHERS: Only the lead of this AP story can do it justice - "Staff members of an elementary school staged a fictitious gun attack on students during a class trip, telling them it was not a drill as the children cried and hid under tables." The kids and their parents were not amused.
GO AHEAD, LISTEN: School leaders in Glenbrook, Ill., have figured out that most kids actually listen to music - and don't cheat - with their iPods. So the community high school is swimming against the discipline tide by dumping its MP3 player ban, so long as students aren't disruptive while using them, the Chicago Tribune reports. As for cell phones, well, don't push your luck.