BUSING SOLUTIONS: The Hillsborough school district had a transportation problem - buses running half empty, showing up to school so often that principals were reorganizing class schedules. Expert recommendations in hand, the School Board approved an overhaul that goes into effect this year. It's already getting criticized. (Times photo, Skip O'Rourke)
TAKING A CHANCE ON CHARTERS: Four companies have applied to open new charter schools in Pasco County, where two charters failed just last year.
MORE FACE TIME: Educators say the more time they spend teaching kids, the better they can do. Hillsborough County middle schools will put that concept to the test, lengthening the school day by 15-30 minutes.
NO WAY OUT: Despite state rules, the Orange County school district is limiting the number of students who can transfer out of their F-rated high schools, the Orlando Sentinel reports. The district says it has no space for more moves.
SCHOOL SUPPLIES: The taxes come off on Saturday. But some schools seem to have taken the fun out of choosing what to buy, requiring specific items of all students, the Palm Beach Post reports. Buy those pencils pre-sharpened, kids, so we don't have to waste a minute doing it ourselves.
PLAYING COY: The top candidate for Collier County's now vacant superintendency won't say whether he wants the job or wants to stay put in Illinois, the Rockford Register Star reports. Some Collier School Board members, meanwhile, object to the rapid move toward hiring someone and push for more local input, the Naples Daily News reports.
BONUS AFTER ALL: Miami-Dade superintendent Rudy Crew gets a $41,000 bump, just a few weeks after his school board said he didn't deserve it, the Miami Herald reports.
COLLEGE IS THAT IMPORTANT: Colorado's higher education director wants to make it easier for children of illegal immigrants to get in-state tuition, the Rocky Mountain News reports.
SCHOOL FOR HOMELESS: The Boston school district is considering the residential program, which would be one of the few in the country, to keep homeless teens focused on education rather than on finding a place to sleep, the Boston Globe reports.