PARENTS PROTEST PROPOSAL: Dozens of parents, some near tears, urged the Pinellas School Board not to close down their community schools as superintendent Clayton Wilcox has suggested might happen. The item wasn't on the board agenda, though, so no one responded. (Times photo, Douglas R. Clifford)
BUSES ARE BACK: Facing public backlash, Hillsborough superintendent MaryEllen Elia restores some of the bus stops serving Wimauma Elementary. Hundreds had complained that their children would have had to walk in the dark across busy highways.
BUDGET HEARINGS: Pinellas sets its tax rate at a 20-year low; some residents say it's still not good enough. Pasco tentatively approves its $1.2-billion budget, with officials acknowledging it's just a paper plan with cuts from the state in the offing.
CANCELED PROJECTS: With enrollment flat, the Hillsborough School Board calls off classroom additions at five schools and construction of three new schools.
HERNANDO NEWS: The Hernando School Board will require parental permission for students to give blood during campus blood drives. The board also puts finishing touches on a plan that would give the school district more sway in future development approvals.
DUVAL DISTRICT SELF-INSURES: The move should save taxpayers at least $2-million in health insurance costs next year. But employees face a double-digit increase in premiums, the Florida Times-Union reports.
BYE-BYE BISCUITS: Broward schools plan to go trans-fat-free by 2008, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
POWER PLAY? The Lake School Board and elected superintendent face off over a magnet school project and the superintendent's use of an automated alert system, the Orlando Sentinel reports. (The district will get an appointed superintendent next year. Maybe that will help?)
'NOBODY'S USING IT': Remember when we used to play on school grounds when classes were out? Some Los Angeles residents who live by a district-owned swimming pool sure do, and they're trying to gain access to the water, the LA Times reports.