NEW FOCUS: Threatened with restructuring, Cox Elementary in Dade City doesn't fold. It adopts new strategies, including a heightened focus on the high achieving kids. One key effort brings all the school's top readers together for daily science enrichment, a critical piece in the school where just 13 percent of last year's fifth graders scored at grade level or better in science. (Times photo, Mike Pease)
HOME SWEET CAMPUS: The University of Central Florida is pumping millions into a town center, filled with all the amenities most students need - apartments, book store, Starbucks - in a push to become much more than a commuter school.
TOO PRICEY TO LIVE: New York City is seeing teachers move away because they can't afford housing on their salaries. So now, the city's teachers retirement system is developing an affordable housing project just for teachers, the AP reports. You might recall that Broward County is looking into the same concept.
A GOOD IDEA: If state leaders are looking to replace the FCAT with Regents exam-styled tests, good on them, the Naples Daily News editorializes.
STEPPING IN IT: Jacksonville's mayor tries to intervene in the growing divide between the Duval School Board and its superintendent, peeving off some board members in the process, the Florida Times-Union reports. The district's mess also is the subject of an article in far-off Wilmington, Del., where superintendent Joseph Wise once worked. Proving once again that what happens in Florida doesn't stay in Florida.
GOT QUESTIONS? The Manatee School Board plans a series of public forums to talk with the community, without an agenda in place, the Bradenton Herald reports.
TOO MUCH CHANGE: FSU nursing students are upset that their new dean is eliminating traditions they hold dear, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.
ABSTAINING FROM THE DEBATE: Liberal Wisconsin lawmaker U.S. Rep. David Obey is steering Congress away from an expected gutting of abstinence-only sex education funding, hoping to keep Republican support for larger health care reforms, the LA Times reports.
VOUCHERS ALL THE TIME: Utah is knee-deep in a campaign over student vouchers. If the effort falls short, it probably won't come back, the Salt Lake Tribune reports.