DRINKING CLASS: No, they don't teach you how. This new University of Tampa requirement for incoming freshmen teaches alcohol risks and dangers. The goal is to curb underage and binge drinking. (Times photo, 2005)
CAMPUS TURNOVER: Florida's universities are losing some of their best faculty members to other states that can pay better.
SPURRED TO ACTION: Some Hudson High students turn their upset into activism after their new principal changes lunchtime rules. The principal applauds their effort and vows to work with them.
ALMS FOR THE POOR? Broward school officials are exploring whether to provide affordable housing for employees, hoping to be able to keep them in the pricey market without raising their pay, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
POISON AS A LAST RESORT: Don't worry, this isn't about student discipline. It's about how Duval schools deal with insects. The district is about to change its pest-control policy, the Florida Times-Union reports.
NO PRIVATE CALLS: Duval also is changing its cell phone rules for employees, after an audit criticized the district's growing bills and lack of controls, the Florida Times-Union reports.
ABSENTEEISM UP: With teachers, that is. A new Palm Beach program aimed at curbing teacher sick days had the opposite effect, leaving the schools to struggle to find subs, the Palm Beach Post reports.
GET THAT DIPLOMA: Leon County hires two graduation coaches to help struggling teens make it through high school, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.
ALL ABOUT PERSPECTIVE: In Florida, starting school in late August meant starting late. On the other coast, it meant shorter summer breaks and a feeling that something was wrong to be in school so soon. But starting before Labor Day is a big change over there, aimed at giving kids more time to learn, the LA Times reports.
Have a great holiday. We will. And we'll be back again tomorrow with more education news.