THIS CURRICULUM COOKS: Culinary arts programs are popping up all over Hillsborough County, offering teens who often struggle through school a path toward a career that matters in Florida's large tourism and hospitality industry. (Times photo, Chris Zuppa)
CROWDED ALL THE TIME: Schools in and around Ruskin, in southeast Hillsborough, are packed beyond capacity even as new campuses get built year after year. Some call the area the new New Tampa.
QUESTIONING THEIR COMMITMENT: Norman Brown, president of the St. Petersburg NAACP, takes aim at the Pinellas School Board over its pending assignment plan changes. He claims the effort will resegregate schools and harm children. Meanwhile, the School Board decides not to decide what to do with the plan.
GET OUTSIDE HELP: The Hillsborough district wants to hire an outside consultant to help draw new attendance zone boundaries.
DID HE? OR DIDN'T HE? A Hernando High teacher is accused of stealing $75 from a student's wallet. Video cameras caught him looking in the wallet. They just didn't see if anything was inside. Who will win in this student's word vs. teacher's word dispute?
SUE FAMU: A former Florida A&M law student files suit against the school, contending the school violates accreditation standards for admission (among other things).
A "CRIMINAL" POLICY: Florida is shortchanging residents who need community colleges with its funding decisions, which are forcing the "open-door" institutions to shut some folks out, the Times editorializes.
GET THEM OUT OF HERE: Leon school officials want to ban hand sanitizers - you know, the little bottles of clear gel that kills germs after sneezes and playground time - because they have alcohol in them, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.
OOPS: The Seminole School Board approved putting radio on school buses in a pilot program earlier this week. It just forgot it has a policy banning ads on buses, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
CHARGE US MORE: Miami-Dade College students rally in support of higher tuition, saying they hope Gov. Crist gets the message, the Miami Herald reports.
BYE-BYE, MEAT LOVERS SUPREME: The Polk School Board bans high-fat pizzas (read: those with meat and full-fat cheese) in the cafeterias in an effort to improve the healthiness of school lunch, the Lakeland Ledger reports.