REEVALUATING VOUCHERS: As more schools in heavily black communities fail, the African-American lawmakers who represent the communities take a closer look at whether vouchers might help. The latest example - Carrie Meek's decision to offer vouchers in Miami. For past Gradebook coverage, click here.
WORK ON IT: The new Pinellas school attendance plan keeps kids closer to home. But it limits their choices, contrary to what parents say they want. The School Board should tweak it before approving the proposal, the Times editorial board says.
AT LAST: Bobby James, retired principal of Dunnellon High School, becomes the first black person to serve on the Marion School Board, the Ocala Star-Banner reports.
NO LONGER MARGINALIZED: Critics of Florida's assessment system get a place at the table to talk about changes after years of being dismissed. And it's about time, the Tallahassee Democrat editorial board says.
SEX ED DISPUTE: A plan to revamp St. Lucie's sex ed curriculum to focus on AIDS comes under fire from people who don't like the emphasis on protection over abstinence, the Palm Beach Post reports.
DUVAL'S BUDGET EFFORT: The superintendent already has begun implementing several cuts, and has created a three-tier plan to prepare for the worst, the Florida Times-Union reports.
WHO IS THIS GUY? Unable to reach him for an interview, the Naples Daily News tries to figure out what makes Dennis Thompson an appealing candidate to lead Collier County schools.
A LITTLE ATTENTION GOES A LONG WAY: Forced to more closely monitor their lowest-performing schools, California superintendents actually do it. The unannounced visits have prompted school leaders to provide better services for the kids, the LA Times reports.
DEBATE OVER TEACHER QUALITY: School districts are doing all sorts of things to get the best teachers in front of the most needy students. But a growing number of experts contend that the approach is scattershot at best, and needs some focus, the Washington Post reports.
IT'S NOT EASY BEING FAT: A new study says that obesity is the single best indicator that a kid will miss school, the AP reports.