RESEARCH PRIZE: USF professor Jeffrey Krischer wins a $189-million federal grant - the biggest ever for the university - to study Type 1 diabetes.
TROUBLED TEACHER: A popular and "outstanding" teacher at Tomlin Middle in Brandon is placed on leave after being arrested for DUI.
EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR: Nina Mock is Hernando County's school-related employee of the year for 2007.
MODEL PROGRAM: West Boca High's culinary arts academy is the only one in the country named a "model academy" for 2007 by the National Career Academy Coalition, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
TAKE HIS NAME OFF THE LIST: A Martin County teacher arrested for exposing himself to an undercover officer was a candidate for Teacher of the Year, the Palm Beach Post reports.
DEAL THEM IN: Edison College in Naples offers a cool new course, Learn How to Deal in Poker, the Naples Daily News reports.
HEAD START SHORTFALL: Manatee County's union representing Head Start workers is trying to raise $200,000 to avoid layoffs, the Bradenton Herald reports.
TEXTBOOK CHALLENGE: A group in Texas has asked the state Attorney General to stop the State Board of Education from censoring textbooks, the Associated Press reports.
Visit the Gradebook at noon for an interview with Karen Miller, a director of PDC Affordable Housing. Miller talks about efforts in Pasco County and across Florida to bring "workforce housing" to school employees.