A QUICK CLIMB: Garrin Flowers started the year as USF's homecoming planner. Now he's the new student body president, meeting with university administrators and lobbying lawmakers. (Times photo, Ross Mantle)
MAKE IT GOOD: A growing group of Pinellas parents says they want to end the seeming disparity between special programs, like magnets, and regular schools so that everyone gets an equally good education.
GET THEM WHILE THEY'RE YOUNG: Jacksonville community and education leaders collaborate to create excitement in preschool reading, USA Today reports.
CHALLENGING CLASS-SIZE RULES: A group of superintendents from the Treasure Coast say they think smaller classes work, but Florida's rules are too costly and difficult to meet. So they're advocating a scaling back to school averages, rather than classroom counts, the Palm Beach Post reports.
SHARE THE WEALTH: U.S. Sen. Charles Grassley suggests that wealthy colleges and universities should use some of their large endowments to offset tuition hikes at those with less money, the AP reports.
ATTRACTING MINORITIES: Florida's private universities are doing a better job of it than the public system, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
PAYING FOR PERFORMANCE: New York City schools get $1-million to pay cash rewards up to $1,000 for students who do well on Advanced Placement tests, the NY Times reports.
SO LONG, SITE-BASED MANAGEMENT: The Seattle school system, with its new superintendent and board, is dumping the decentralized model for a more centralized approach, hoping it will help low-performing schools in the long run, the Seattle Times reports.