FEWER OFFICERS: Reacting to Sheriff's Office money woes, Pinellas schools superintendent Clayton Wilcox strikes a deal allowing the department to provide fewer deputies to the high schools. Hall monitors will take their place.
KIDS COUNT: Florida improves slightly in an annual ranking of how well states care for children, but makes less progress than other states. Gov. Crist says there's no higher priority than the welfare of youngsters, but adds that in tough budget times, programs might not change much.
HERNANDO NEWS: Students will have to earn their way into Hernando County magnet schools, as the School Board ends its policy of giving immediate access to siblings of those already enrolled. The board also gives a favorable initial review to a plan that would move thousands of students to new schools next year.
CATS AND DOGS WELCOME: The Pasco School Board makes plans to welcome the pets to at least one of its emergency shelters (if it has to open one).
REDUCE, REDUCE SOME MORE: The Broward school district cuts $60-million from its annual budget to deal with the state's expected revenue shortfall, the Miami Herald reports.
MINORITY GROUP SEEKS ACCESS: The Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund asks the Osceola School Board to change the way its members are chosen, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
CHECKS DELAYED: Thousands of Palm Beach school employees who expected to get paid this week will have to wait, the Palm Beach Post reports. Union leaders say if they knew this could happen - as teachers did in the spring - they could have challenged the move.
FAMU PREZ SEEKS TASK FORCE CASH: James Ammons wants the oversight group's money to help the troubled university meet audit recommendations, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.
SELL YOUR STORY: When applying to college, students can use their life's tale to win acceptance as the application essay takes on growing significance, the NY Times reports.