ANTI-BULLYING EFFORT: Several Pinellas schools are adopting the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program, which claims to reduce bullying complaints by as much as 70 percent at some campuses.
A TIME TO GIVE: Students at Gulf Coast Academy in Spring Hill take up their teacher's challenge to "pay it forward," helping others who are less fortunate tham they are.
IN THE ROOM OR NOT AT ALL: Pasco School Board members attending a workshop reject the request of the one who was absent to allow remote attendance of board meetings.
PASCO SCHOOL ZONES: About 600 students would be affected by a proposed boundary for the Pasco district's newest middle school in Shady Hills.
PARENT PROTEST: Nothing like school zone changes to get parents upset. Dozens of them came out in Boynton Beach to oppose a proposed move of their children to a high school that's farther from home, the Palm Beach Post reports.
NCLB CONCERNS: Some educators and lawmakers worry that when better students use the federal law's transfer option, the failing schools they leave behind fare even worse, the Sun-Sentinel reports .
FIGHTING FOR CONTROL: An ESE teacher must calm her class before getting around to teaching them, the Herald-Tribune reports in the third installment of a special report.
SEEKING A TOP SPOT: Two Florida university administrators - one from UCF and one from UF - are finalists for the University of North Dakota presidency, the Grand Forks Herald reports.
MORE SUPPORT, PLEASE: Brevard Community College trustees don't mind having their school serve as an entry point for the University of Central Florida. But they'd like more resources for their branch campuses, Florida Today reports.
THE UPSIDE OF BENCHMARKING: Some school districts are trying to deemphasize the "FCAT frenzy," doing away with the myriad pre-tests leading up to the main event. The St. Lucie school district isn't one of those, and it's finding students are improving in math through the benchmark testing, the Stuart News reports.