EXPERIMENTAL EXPERIENCE: Josh Hammer started his science projects as a toddler. So it's perhaps no surprise that the Zephyrhills High freshman is a finalist for the Discovery Channel's Top Young Scientist of the Year award.
TURN OUT THAT LIGHT: Hillsborough school officials have sent out the energy police to try to save some cash on electricity expenses.
SOUNDING OFF: Parents have begun listing their concerns over the proposed Pinellas student assignment plan. The board plans to listen some more before voting on the plan Oct. 16.
WHITHER THE REFERENDUM: School officials across Florida have worried that a super homestead exemption could crash their budgets. But the vote on the concept doesn't appear a sure thing anymore.
NO TIME FOR NAP TIME: As prekindergarten goes academic, some preschools are turning to brief rest periods instead of the noontime naps, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
JUST LIKE COLLEGE: A new wave of high school career academies has teens feeling like they're in college getting ready for the real world, the Florida Times-Union reports.
BUT CAN THEY USE IT IN SCHOOL? The South Florida Science Museum is developing a program for kids to study for the science FCAT on their iPod or the Internet, the Palm Beach Post reports.
MONEY FOR STUDENTS: Lawmakers continue to say they want to shield students from budget cuts, while school district officials look for ways to ensure that promise, the Naples Daily News and Fort Myers News-Press both report.
LET THEM VOTE: A vocal but small group pushes for single-member School Board districts in Osceola County, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
BATTLE OF THE BOOKS: Let the book banning brouhaha begin. It's annual Banned Books Week, and the number of legal challenges to specific titles is on the rise, the Chicago Tribune reports. Most often, it's parents trying to protect young children. Last year's top title? "And Tango Makes Three," by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell. (It's a true tale about two male penguins that raise a baby penguin together.)