MORE ROLE MODELS THAN EVER: Once called 500 Role Models of Excellence, the Pinellas school program to help mostly minority boys succeed in school now is called 5000 Role Models to reflect its expansion and growing influence. (Times photo, Willie J. Allen Jr.)
ABOVE AND BEYOND: Ag teacher Juan Guevara wins Hillsborough's Ida S. Baker Diversity Educator of the Year award. He teaches at Caminiti Exceptional Center.
MAKING PLANS: Parents and educators take advantage of the opportunity to tell Pasco school leaders where they think the district should go over the next five years.
A BREAK WITH TRADITION: Hernando superintendent Wayne Alexander picks a new school principal who doesn't already work for the district, instead of promoting from within like usual.
NEW MOVE-IN RULE: Anyone wanting to live in a USF dorm or Greek house must get vaccinated for bacterial meningitis.
STRIDES DESPITE CUTS: Here's the final installment of the Herald-Tribune's series on exceptional student education.
SEX-ED BATTLE: Opponents of a proposed new sex-ed program in St. Lucie schoolsl protest outside School Board members homes, the Palm Beach Post reports. The School Board should ignore parent complaints and vote on the controversial program as planned, the Post editorializes.
KIDS ARE FEELING IT: Collier teachers are working to their contract to protest the district's contract offer. Now students can't participate in all the activities they are accustomed to, because there are no teachers to supervise them, the Naples Daily News reports.
JUST CAN'T STOP: Since learning to read in English, 10-year-old Damian Reyes always has a book in his hands. That's just what the Education Foundation of Palm Beach County wants to hear, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
CUT CLASS SIZES: To effect real improvement at its lowest-performing schools, the New York school district is looking at reducing class sizes - immediately, the NY Times reports. The money will come from a lawsuit payout.