LIVING, LEARNING: USF- St. Petersburg creates an honors community in its dorm, hoping that by putting like-minded students in the same living quarters, they'll encourage each other to stay on track and do well. The idea is gaining traction at other universities, too.
WHAT TO BRING? Brooklyn Carr, a USF incoming freshman, shares her thoughts about what she had to pack to outfit her new dorm space.
NO GERMS HERE: Kevin O'Connell, who has a rare immune system disorder, finally gets to attend class with others at Spring Hill Elementary School thanks to a new videoconferencing system Hernando schools set up for him. (Times photo, Maurice Rivenbark)
GIFTED OPTIONS: For years, Pasco's gifted students had one choice - go to the county's gifted centers or get no services. This year, the district tries to expand the gifted program to those who chose to stay put.
FAMILY-FRIENDLY? OR NEPOTISM? The Putnam School Board decides to let two teachers work where their spouses are administrators, the Florida Times-Union reports.
YEAR-END EXAMS: Use them to evaluate student - not teacher - performance, Palm Beach superintendent Art Johnson says, according to the Palm Beach Post.
CAN THEY GET WORSE? Florida's public universities are among the nation's biggest, but not the best, according to the various rating systems. The Miami Herald explores whether looming budget cuts will just widen the disparity.
GO TO SCHOOL: Alachua County is cracking down on truancy, the Gainesville Sun reports.
RELIGIOUS LIBERTY IN SCHOOLS: Texas school districts are struggling to determine how to best implement a new law allowing kids to express their religion on campus, the Dallas Morning News reports. The role of God in schools has been controversial for years, and it's getting more so as the country becomes more religiously diverse, the NY Times reports.
FINDING TEACHERS: Retirements and frustration are taking thousands of qualified teachers out of the field at a time when they're needed most, making it hard to hire enough educators - especially in high-poverty schools, the NY Times reports.
NOT JUST FOR DRUG DEALERS ANYMORE: School districts across the country are reconsidering their cell phone bans, the Washington Post reports.