FIX THE SYSTEM: Florida's tax structure is too rickety to handle the status quo, much less pay for improvements, in education and other budget priority areas, the Times editorializes.
TUTORING ATTRACTS MORE FAMILIES: Schools couldn't give away free tutoring last year, leaving hundreds of seats vacant. This year, the extra help - a requirement of the No Child Left Behind Act - is getting a closer look from parents. The new issue: Will there be enough money to serve everyone?
NEW KIDS IN TOWN: The business schools at the University of Tampa, USF-Tampa and USF-St. Petersburg have new deans. Business editor Robert Trigaux spoke with each about their plans.
MAP DISPARITIES: Teachers at rich white schools in Orange County were twice as likely to get a performance pay bonus as their colleagues at poor, predominantly minority schools, the Orlando Sentinel reports. This special report includes sidebars and charts. Check it out.
NO MORE PLAY TIME: Recess has been replaced by P.E., as schools struggle to fit 30 minutes of daily organized activity into the curriculum without sacrificing class time, Florida Today reports. And some experts who talk about the importance of unstructured outdoor play say kids are being cheated.
PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT? Palm Beach schools already have started taking practice FCAT exams, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
BETTER ESE SERVICES NEEDED: Some Lee County parents are fighting to get better programs for their special needs children. They say the district has plans on paper, but that doesn't translate into reality, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.
GOOD TEACHING? OR DEMOGRAPHICS? Many schools across the country that perform well in the national ratings tend to have homogeneous student bodies - rich and suburban, small and rural, and so on. That means they're rated on fewer categories than others. And that's raising renewed concerns about the system, the Dallas Morning News reports.
CATCHING CHEATERS: With increased emphasis on annual exams, there's always that tendency to cheat. More and more states are implementing systematic ways to root out the faked tests, the NY Times reports.