RIP: Jean Allen Battle, the founding dean of the University of South Florida college of education, died this month at 93. The program, which started with just five faculty members and no buildings, now is the seventh largest in the country.
HE 'BETRAYED THE TRUST': A former Seminole High teacher gets 5-1/2 years in prison for having sex with a student. "There's is no rule that says you are excused from having sex with a student as long as you are a nice person," Judge Nancy Moate Ley told Daniel Zdrodowski.
PAY UP: A group of teens who trashed Greco Middle last summer must pay more than $112,000 in damages.
APPLICANTS POUR IN: More than 80 people say they want to lead the troubled Pasco-Hernando Early Learning Coalition.
MORE BUDGET CUTS: Florida International University is the latest to cap enrollment in the face of lower than expected state revenue, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
GET IN LINE: If you want to buy Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows at Gulliver's Books in Fairbanks, Alaska, you'll have to stand behind Chloe and Sydney Bostian, who arrived 11 days early to be first at the register, the AP reports.
ADIEU, DEWEY: An Arizona library is one of the first in the country to abandon the numbering system we grew up with in favor of the Border's method of organizing books, the NY Times reports. Want to bet titles will be easier to find?
Visit the Gradebook at noon today for an interview with Kim Black, the new Pinellas Classroom Teachers Association president.