DON'T SHOOT: A family who lost their son to an accidental shooting brings its story, and lessons about gun safety, to Pinellas schools.
REVIVED, AND SURVIVING: Blake High School reopened 10 years ago, after 26 years in mothballs (it closed during desegregation). Now it's celebrating its anniversary, and its ability to keep its history alive.
BE FLEXIBLE: During an NCLB forum, parents and teachers urge state and federal education officials to test what kids with special needs have learned, rather than forcing them to take the same exam as everyone else.
ON THE JOB: FAMU's new law dean, Leroy Pernell, takes over in January but, his appointment approved Thursday, says he's at the school's service now.
BONDING CASE REHEARING: Several organizations, including the Florida School Board Association and the Florida Association of District School Superintendents, ask the Supreme Court to reconsider its ruling that would force them to hold a referendum before issuing bonds, the AP reports. For more information, including links to the court ruling, click here. To see a prominent law firm's analysis of the case for the Pasco school district, click here.
SPECIAL SESSION SCHEDULED: The House and Senate have set a new date - Oct. 3 - to begin cutting the Florida budget.
FUND IT OR DUMP IT: Eight years ago, lawmakers set the mandatory age for attending school in Manatee County at 18 (that's two years more than the rest of the state). Manatee officials who requested what was supposed to be a pilot program say they still like the idea, but without money to impose it right, they'd like lawmakers to repeal the law, the Bradenton Herald reports.
SHOULD THEY STAY OR SHOULD THEY GO? Orange County school officials debate what to do with kids when major storms hit at dismissal time - especially when their parents show up at the school demanding their children's release, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
THEY'RE WATCHING: A growing number of schools are monitoring students' computer use to make sure they're not "cyber-bullying," the Chicago Tribune reports.
Visit the Gradebook at 9:30 a.m. for the fifth of seven profiles on the candidates for Florida education commissioner. Today, it's William Harner, deputy to the chief executive of Philadelphia schools.