HAPPY HALLOWEEN: Veteran Hernando teacher Mary Smith embraces the holiday spirit, incorporating the 3 R's into a morning-long lesson on pumpkins. And who doesn't like scooping out pumpkin guts? (Times photo, Maurice Rivenbark)
SUSPENDED UNTIL MOM CALLS: Hillsborough schools often use the "suspended pending conference" option to grab parents' attention. But it isn't in the student handbook as a discipline action. And now a student is suing over it.
OPPOSITION MOUNTS: A growing list of foes to the latest property tax reform plan includes the Florida Education Association and Florida TaxWatch. To see FEA president Andy Ford's comments, click here.
LAND IN THE BANK: Pasco County prepares to buy more property, this time in Zephyrhills, as it looks to future school needs.
OVERTIME SUIT SETTLED: The Palm Beach School Board signs off on a deal to pay $1.3-million in back overtime pay owed to bus drivers, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
ACCESS TO SUCCESS: Florida will participate in a new program designed to get more minority students into college and university, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
KEY HIRE: Florida Atlantic University nabs UF's alumni association executive director to run the FAU foundation as it embarks upon a huge capital campaign, the Palm Beach Post reports.
THE SCHOOL THAT SLOTS BUILT: The Seminole tribe has a sleek modern charter school deep in the heart of cattle country, thanks to casino revenue, the Miami Herald reports.
WHEN BEHAVIOR IS A PROBLEM: Leon school officials defend the use of timeout rooms, which have come under fire, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.
TRANSITION DISTRICT: The Los Angeles school district superintendent raised the idea of creating a separate district of struggling schools, to give them additional attention and assistance. Strenuous opposition by the teachers union has forced him to reconsider, the LA Times reports.
THE N-WORD IN SCHOOL: A Dallas-area teacher put the racial epithet on the chalk board to spark conversation about Huckleberry Finn. The idea was to show the power of words. It worked, as local black and Muslim leaders quickly protested, the Dallas Morning News reports.