NOWHERE BUT UP: Lennard High in eastern Hillsborough opened to great fanfare just a year ago. As it prepares for its second year, its students and staff are coming to grips with the school's F and looking at ways to improve.
DID THEY MAKE GAINS? It's one thing to say a school's students achieved at high levels. It's another to say they actually learned something. For years, Florida has aimed to give credit to schools where kids showed growth, rather than just coasted. Now other states are joining the "growth model" method, the NY Times reports.
WHERE EVERYBODY KNOWS YOUR NAME: And face. And relationships. College dating goes high tech as more and more people post their status online, the Miami Herald reports.
PRESCHOOL CUTS: Changes to Florida's tax structure are not supposed to affect the public school system. But no one said anything about government-subsidized preschool. Some cities and counties are considering cuts there as their budgets get slashed, the Miami Herald reports.
TIGGER'S OK: A few months back, the Gradebook brought you a story about a school district that punished a student for wearing socks with Tigger - Winnie the Pooh's friend - on them. The San Francisco Chronicle now reports that a judge has overturned the district's dress code as too broad.
STILL NO CENTER: Florida A&M had planned to have a $250-million biopharmaceutical park in Miami by now. It's still not built, though, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.