FCAT HELPERS NEED HELP: Bridging the Achievement Gap has helped struggling Pinellas students with FCAT prep since 2004. Its grant is about to run out, and the group is seeking more cash to keep afloat.
STUDENT UN-SUSPENDED: A Land O'Lakes High student who graduated two years ago won a court case Friday overturning a 10-day suspension from May 2005. The district didn't have enough evidence, and should have provided more due process, the court said. The boy's dad/lawyer says he hopes the district will learn, kids don't give up their rights at the school house door.
THE PLOT THICKENS: More and more people are having less to say as Collier County's superintendent search gets more involved, as the Naples Daily News reports.
SERIOUS ABOUT SES: Two people who signed up to provide NCLB tutoring took the money from Clay County but never tutored anyone. Now they face felony charges, the Florida Times-Union reports.
WATCH THE LOGOS: Leon County authorities are warning back-to-school shoppers to keep away from clothes that sport gang symbolism, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.
THE 'BEST TIME TO TEACH': Mary Hemphill-Davis could have remained a principal of an A-rated school in St. Johns County until she retires. Instead, she's taking a teaching job in an F school in a poor part of Duval County, saying that's what education is all about, the Times-Union reports.
OR NOT: Austin Lampros quits his teaching gig in Manhattan after learning he essentially had no control over whether a failing student actually would fail, the NY Times reports.
DUMP THE JUNK: Utah is considering a statewide ban on junk food in schools, the Salt Lake Tribune reports.
Visit the Gradebook at noon for an interview with Ron Fairchild, executive director of the Center for Summer Learning, about ways to get back into the school mindset.