OFF FIELD: Read a Q&A with Tampa Bay Buccaneer Derrick Brooks in today's St. Petersburg Times about his education play book -- starting a charter school, heading up Gov. Charlie Crist's fitness initiative and serving on the FSU Board. (Psst... Gradebook readers first saw the interview here, last weekend.)
MONEY TALKS: The Pasco teachers union sit down to the bargaining table today. Guess what? Salary's #1 on the agenda.
iTEST PREP: Kaplan promotes an interactive iPod game that helps kids study for the SAT.
HURRICANE UNPREPARED: Florida school districts are short on insurance coverage and expect that the federal government will pick up the bill if the worst happens, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT.... highlights from the weekend in the St. Petersburg Times:
TRUST FACTOR: Lawmakers are asking Floridians to trust that they will restore education funding if voters pass a "super-homestead exemption" to provide property tax relief in a January referendum. Should people be trusting? Remember the lottery?
CROSSING COUNTIES: For families living on the border of Pasco and Hillsborough, a county line is an afterthought. They've been able to enroll in schools on both sides for years. But can that continue as class size caps take effect?