FLASHING RED DOESN'T MEAN SPEED UP: Hundreds of school buses hit the road Monday. Pasco County's school transportation offers some advice for students, parents and others on the road as the first day of classes rolls around.
FORGET WHAT WE SAID: Pinellas parents who couldn't find a good word for the district's school choice plan now seem to have nothing but praise - especially in light of the proposal to replace it.
DO OR DIE: Cox Elementary in Dade City struggles every year to find success. Even when the students - mostly poor and minority - make strides, they're not long enough. If they don't make it this year, the school faces "restructuring," whatever that means. Cox doesn't want to find out.
AN EASY DECISION: Lawmakers should cut the Merit Award Program for teacher performance pay as they adjust for a $1.5-billion revenue shortfall, the Times editorial board says.
MORE TO MEASURE: It's become education gospel to want to see students make a year's worth of progress in a year. But a standardized test can't tell you if a child with cerebral palsy or Down's syndrome, for instance, has made progress, columnist Andrew Skerritt writes.
THEY LIKE IT: Concerns about traffic and the like dissolve as parents and kids get their first look at brand new Hammond Elementary in Hillsborough.
LESS COSTLY ALTERNATIVE: More families are turning to community college as a way to afford higher education and other aspects of life, too, the Miami Herald reports.
IS AP WORTH IT? More teens take the exam, but a smaller percentage pass in Duval County, like elsewhere, the Florida Times-Union reports.
PICK YOUR POL: Broward schools will allow students to earn community service hours by volunteering on political campaigns, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
GROWTH TRENDS: Enrollment is shrinking in Palm Beach's K-12 schools, but on the rise in preschool, the Palm Beach Post reports. The Polk district is one of a handful (including Pasco) to expect continued enrollment increases this year, the Lakeland Ledger reports. Sarasota, meanwhile, freezes hiring as its enrollment stays flat, the Herald-Tribune reports.