GROWING STRONG: Pasco-Hernando Community College is having a building boom. It's got new classroom buildings and gym renovations under way, with plans to open new campuses in Spring Hill and Wesley Chapel on the books, too.
NO EASY TASK: Closing schools can be nerve-wracking. But in tough financial times, it's a move the Pinellas school district must consider seriously as it shrinks, the Times editorial board says.
FEE FEUD: The Pasco County Commission wants to charge the school district a fee for stormwater runoff management, just like every other land owner. School officials say the district shouldn't have to pay.
HIRING FREEZE: Pinellas schools stop all hiring of non-teaching positions. Superintendent Clayton Wilcox also asks everyone in charge of a budget to recommend 2 percent cuts, just in case.
TEACHER OF THE YEAR: Orange County science teacher Richard Ellenburg takes the top honor, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
CROSSING THE LINE? The school is named after a first-century high priest. Its meals will be kosher. Its lessons include Hebrew. Critics are wondering if the Ben Gamla charter school in Hollywood is just a publicly funded religious school, the Miami Herald reports.
WORDS HURT: Racial epithets in books like To Kill A Mockingbird and Huckleberry Finn still can upset students. With sensitivity to such matters high these days, the Montgomery County school system outside Washington D.C. is dumping a lesson called "Questionable Words," the Washington Post reports.
WHAT'S IN A NAME? Everything, apparently, if your last name is Hell and you want to enroll your children in a Catholic school, as the AP reports about an Australian family's struggles.