PINELLAS PAY: The Pinellas School Board raises teacher pay to be the highest in the area, just after putting a referendum on the Jan. 29 ballot that would help boost their pay even higher.
NO WE'RE NOT: Area school officials denounce the "dropout factory" label, saying plenty of factors were ignored in the recent study showing about half of Florida's high schools don't graduate enough students. (Times photo, Scott Keeler)
PEACE AT HAND: Pasco county commissioners and school board members find common ground on all but one issue as they near a school concurrency plan.
STRUGGLING: The plan was to have two new law schools to improve minority students' access, one at Florida A&M and one at Florida International. FIU Law is thriving, but the FAMU program is another story. Speaking of the FAMU law school, one of its controversial endowed chairs is coming up as part of a Kentucky wire fraud case, the AP reports.
MISSING MONEY: Pasco school officials have asked the Dade City Police Department to investigate about $20,000 in missing gate receipts from Pasco High sporting events. The district's former internal auditor says that's just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to missing money in county schools.
TIME OUT ON TIMEOUTS: The Leon County's use of timeout rooms has prompted a formal complaint to the state, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.
WHAT KIDS WEAR: Broward School Board members crack jokes about teen fashion, but don't show much inclination to change the student dress code, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
MORE BONUS BATTLES: At least 10 Brevard schools are having spats over how to spend their state school recognition funds, Florida Today reports.
NOT BUYING IT: The "don't Tase me, bro" guy might have apologized in exchange for probation, but many UF students don't believe his contrition, the Gainesville Sun reports.
CALLING INDIA: Need a tutor quick? The answer might be in Bangalore, the NY Times reports.
VOUCHER SPOTLIGHT: Utah is a week away from its landmark referendum on statewide school vouchers. Check out the Salt Lake Tribune's education page for all the latest news on the hot topic.