BUDGET AGREEMENTS: Lawmakers appeared to have a deal in hand to cut state spending by $1.1-billion before the end of the first day of the special session. Education looked largely spared, with a proposed cut of just 1.4 percent - well below the expected 4-5 percent. Universities also are poised to get their 5 percent tuition increases.
GOINGS ON AT USF: President Judy Genshaft (left) sees a positive future, though she wants to improve the school's "research profile." As if making her wish come true, the National Institutes of Health announced that USF would get a $169-million, 10-year grant to study juvenile diabetes. But allegations of misspending, mistreatment and discrimination emerged the same day in a scathing e-mail by the school's ousted senior VP for student affairs. (Times photo, Joseph Garnett)
STAND DOWN: Lawmakers need to let the Florida Board of Governors do the job that voters want them to do - run the state's university system without interference, the Times editorializes.
BOUNDARIES FOR HERNANDO: More than 4,000 children would be reassigned. Just one parent complained. The School Board has given its tentative approval to a new attendance plan, even though members worry it will haunt them.
PINELLAS PLAN: School Board chairwoman Mary Brown, the board's only black member, tells black activists that the district's proposed student assignment plan should be stopped until it better attends to their children's needs. What's likely to happen? Check out this Q&A.
HOW'S THIS FOR A PTA FUNDRAISER? Seven Oaks Elementary in Wesley Chapel is hosting a sold-out concert by the Jonas Brothers (they're a hot band for the Disney set, for the culturally clueless among us). And to think some PTA's can't even sell a case of chocolate.
FORGET YOU: He may be appointed at the will of the School Board, but that hasn't stopped Duval's superintendent from telling the board that he's in charge of his administration and he'll reorganize as he sees fit - regardless of their vote telling him not to, the Florida Times-Union reports. Wonder how much longer he will last.
SORRY, MOM. YOU'VE GOT HOMEWORK: A New Jersey high school teacher assigns his students' parents readings from Kafka, Whitman and more, and tells them to write their comments on his blog. If they don't, he threatens to lower their children's grade, the NY Times reports.
EAT IT YOURSELF: Thousands of London teens boycott their schools' healthy school lunch program, finding their junk food elsewhere, the LA Times reports.