PUBLIC TO GET ITS SAY: The Pinellas School Board has completed its new student assignment plan, which calls for closing some schools and changing the mission of others. Next up: listening to community feedback. The board hopes to vote on the plan in November and implement it next year.
PORTER GIVES UP: Jennifer Porter will remain a "former teacher," as the woman who fled an accident that killed two children and injured two others abandons her attempt to keep her Florida teaching certificate. She was supposed to have a hearing next week. (Times photo, 2005)
TWO SCHOOLS, ONE BAND: Their teams will face off on the football field. Their marching bands, led by fraternity brothers and friends, will play together at the Freedom-Wharton game.
ONE MORE QUICKIE: To ease crowding at nearby schools, Hillsborough rented space at the Museum of Science and Industry and opened a new campus in three weeks. It's hoping to do the same by the start of the second semester by taking over Temple Heights Christian School.
MOURNING, AGAIN: Wesley Chapel High in Pasco grieves another student death. It's the first of the year. Last year, the school lost six current or recently graduated students.
RELIGIOUS CHARTER SCHOOLS: They're walking the narrow path of promoting culture and language, while scrubbing actual religion from their curriculum. And they're increasingly meeting family needs, the Wall Street Journal reports, using the Ben Gamla charter in Broward as an example.
"FREAKIN' AWESOME": UCF students get a high-tech look at space with a new, custom built robotic telescope that's reportedly the best in the state, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
RESERVES RAIDED: Miami-Dade spent almost half of its rainy day funds over the summer to cover expenses like electricity and salaries. Now it has to slash student programs to make up the difference, the Miami Herald reports.
PERFORMANCE PAY: Hundreds of Martin and Indian River county teachers are about to share the wealth, the Stuart News reports. In case you missed it, the Gradebook reported yesterday that Hillsborough is distributing thousands of bonuses, too. Other area districts are resisting.
WHAT'S LEFT? A Colorado school has banned tag at recess, after some kids complained they were being forced to play, the AP reports.