SEEKING SUSPENSION OPTIONS: The Pasco school district wants to find better ways to deal with kids who face out-of-school suspensions.
THE 'BOY CRISIS': Boys in Hillsborough lag behind girls in reading ability, and are more likely than girls to be sent to the principal's office. A new program at Stewart Middle in Tampa aims to bridge that gap. (Times photo, Ken Helle)
RAZING THE PAST: The Tampa Housing Authority will knock down the old Meacham school, which is designated as a National Historic Landmark, to make room for new homes.
KICKING IT UP A NOTCH: The Palm Beach school district adopts a new literacy program for its youngest students, hoping to boost their reading performance before they ever see an FCAT test, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
NINE-YEAR LOW: FAMU's enrollment slides amid all its woes, the Palm Beach Post reports.
'QUITE ANNOYING': Not all Seminole County students are thrilled with the loud music and noisy ads on Bus Radio since the district began the program earlier this year, the Orlando Sentinel reports. District leaders are considering whether to expand it to all 400 buses next year.
KEEPING HACKERS OUT: Ever since a student hacked the Palm Beach school district's computer system to change a grade, the district has spent more than $1.5-million shoring up its firewalls and other security measures. It's working, the Palm Beach Post reports.