FORGET THE ATHLETES: Hillsborough County leaders take time out to celebrate academic successes of high school seniors who live in some of the area's poorest communities. With an excitement level usually reserved for kids who play sports, they cheer teens who took four or more AP classes and are headed to top colleges.
'LET IT POUR': An award-winning educator with the fortuitous name of Annie Painter visits a low-income Tampa school to teach the importance of art in education.
AND STAY OUT: The City of Oldsmar wants to ban sexual offenders and predators from all places where children congregate, including schools. Offenders who are parents accompanying their own children would be exempt.
SEX ED DEBATE STALLS: Attempts to change the way Florida teaches kids about sex fail, victim to the national tug-of-war on the issue. Activists vow to continue the fight in 2008.
YOU WANT TO TAKE MY WHAT? A cell phone ban in NYC has created a furor there. Columnist Elisabeth Dyer ponders what the effect would be here in Florida.
WHAT TOOK SO LONG? Twenty years after the promise, Broward County breaks ground on an alternative education center for a poor community. What happened? "Nobody wanted it and nobody pushed it," School Board member Robert Parks told the Sun-Sentinel.
WHERE HAVE ALL THE PARENTS GONE? Not to join the PTA. Membership has dipped nationally, as parents find other things - or excuses - to put their efforts into, the Dallas Morning News reports.
AT SCHOOL, FOREVER: Some colleges are offering alumni and faculty members the chance to have their ashes kept on campus (after they're dead, of course). Officials suggest the idea could strengthen peoples' bonds to their schools, which in turn could lead to donations, the NY Times reports.