THE MAN WHO WOULD BE SUPERINTENDENT: He’s been in charge before, but not leading a school system. What makes Joe Malloy think he could head the Hernando County School District? Reporter Tom Marshall gives some insight.
GIVING BACK: When Owen Gall went to Zephyrhills High School, he had five classmates and not too much encouragement from home to go to college. That was 1930. Now, he wants to help teens at the much larger school if they want to pursue a higher education.
BACK TO SCHOOL: It’s never too late to finish your high school coursework, a Pasco County mom discovers. Now she hopes her success will rub off on her teenage son, who recently dropped out himself.
CLUB SOLUTION: When a Gay-Straight Alliance debuted at Newsome High in eastern Hillsborough County, several parents went nuts and demanded controls on clubs in schools. The School Board, perhaps surprisingly, didn't overreact by requiring parental consent forms as superintendent MaryEllen Elia suggested. Now a middle ground -- opt-out forms -- has emerged for the board's consideration.
DO THEY REALLY NEED MAJORS? Florida wants kids to start thinking about their career futures while still in middle school. Miami Herald columnist Fred Grimm gives a first-hand account of why that might not be such a good idea.