NO JOKE: Area teens learn how to skid, slam on the brakes and avoid a crash in a special driver's ed class taught by race car drivers. They say the lessons really prepare them for the road, instead of preparing them for a written test.
BUDGET CUTS COMING: When lawmakers meet to trim the state's spending, they hope to make the cuts painless. That appears to include a one-year delay of the $147-million Merit Award Program for teacher performance pay.
NO DISTRACTIONS: Two Palm Beach elementary schools join the growing ranks of those trying single-gender classrooms to boost performance, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
LIGHTNING ROD: Eric J. Smith, the apparent leading candidate for Florida's education commissioner post, is either a visionary educator or a micromanaging task master, depending on who you ask, the Palm Beach Post reports. To see more on all the candidates, click here.
FAMU CAN HELP: Florida A&M president James Ammons continues to work on the school's image, this time reaching out to Tallahassee businesses, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.
INVEST IN CHILDREN: Florida's top priorities as it deals with budget concerns should include schools, universities and children's insurance, former governor and senator Bob Graham writes in an op-ed piece in the Florida Times-Union.
GOING GREEN: Manatee County plans its first environmentally-friendly "green" school, the Bradenton Herald reports.
TOO EARLY: Parents are upset that their children are eating lunch at what generally is breakfast time, the Stuart News reports.
COLLEGE OR MORTGAGE? The growth of high-priced college loans has created a generation of students so burdened by debt they might never repay, the Associated Press reports.