HILLSBOROUGH'S FULL-TIME DOG: Hope is a service dog. She works in a classroom for students with autism at Carrollwood Elementary School. And she brings, well, hope to the students who otherwise struggle with their social skills. (Times photo, Carrie Pratt)
A COMMUNITY'S VALUES: The Hillsborough School Board needs a system for naming schools that's less arbitrary and that reflects what the county holds dear, the Times editorializes.
DON'T STAND IN THE WAY: Pasco commissioners should let the School Board increase school impact fees to reflect true costs, the Times editorializes.
PARENTS ASK FOR TIME: Some St. Lucie moms and dads are upset about the School Board's pending vote on a controversial sex-ed program, and urge delay so the community can get more information, the Palm Beach Post reports. The superintendent proposed the program in August. The vote is set for early December.
EXCEPTIONAL EDUCATION: The Herald-Tribune today begins a four-part series on students with mental disabilities. Check out the first installment here.
FACING RESTRUCTURING: Everything soon could change at Rawlings Elementary, Alachua County's last remaining neighborhood school, because it has failed to meet No Child Left Behind standards, the Gainesville Sun reports.
SPREAD TOO THIN: Brevard County school leaders propose to redistribute Title I federal funds for low-income students, so the poorest ones get more and the less poor get less, Florida Today reports.
WHAT IF THEY LIED? Texas is about to implement stricter background checks for all school employees. That has districts wondering what to do if (when?) they discover that current workers have criminal pasts that they covered up, the Dallas Morning News reports.
DOES DARWIN SLEEP AT NIGHT? A suburban NYC school lets a local dad teach intelligent design classes as part of its evening adult-ed program. Some neighbors object, and the ACLU is looking to step in - not for the dad's rights, but for the complainers, the NY Times reports.