HEY, DADS. GET INVOLVED: Hillsborough leaders of the Million Fathers March hope to see more African-American fathers participate in their children's education, to help narrow the achievement gap.
WHAT A DIFFERENCE A YEAR MAKES: Spring Hill Elementary, for years Hernando's most cramped campus, debuts its new classroom addition, cafeteria and multipurpose room amid promise that shared classrooms and portables soon will be a thing of the past.
FCAT PAYOFF: Last year, Pasco High was Pasco County's only D-rated high school. Alum and school board member Allen Altman told the staff last year he'd wager lunch that they could do better. This year, the school got a C, and barbecued pork from Altman, who urged them to seek a B next. (Times photo, Mike Pease)
VIRTUALLY NO. 1: Florida leads the nation in the growth of online education, the AP reports.
BONUSES FOR SUBS: Some schools are so hard up for teachers, they need loads of substitutes. And good subs are so hard to find, they're offering incentives like gift cards and extra cash to come and stay, the AP reports.
COLLEGE PREZ TO RETIRE: Sarah Pappas, who took over troubled Manatee Community College a decade ago, announces she'll step down in June, the Herald-Tribune reports.
VOUCHER BATTLE: Utah continues to fight over whether the state will offer school vouchers to any student who receives free or reduced-price lunch. The politics leading up to the referendum is getting ugly, the Salt Lake Tribune reports.
Visit the Gradebook at noon for an interview with Citrus Park Elementary School principal Joan Bookman, who spoke with reporter Jeff Solochek about how new students (and their parents) can ease first-day jitters.