GRADUATION RATES: They're rising in Florida, although the success gap among counties remains. Hillsborough rates well, while Pinellas keeps on dropping.
PASCO PUNDITS: Nickelodeon comes to Pasco Middle to interview students about presidential politics for a Nick News segment. The producer met the kids at a Mitt Romney barbecue. (Times photo, Kellie Dixon)
BEST HIGH SCHOOLS: Florida has eight of the top 100, according to US News and World Report. Closest to the Tampa area - Polk's IB program and Pine View School for the Gifted in Osprey. For even more, click here.
SUBSTANDARD STANDARDS: The state's proposed science standards won't serve Florida students well, because they will ignore the hot debate between evolution and intelligent design, the Florida Baptist Witness editorializes.
AT SCHOOL AT HOME: Home schooling continues to rise in popularity in the Jacksonville area, the Florida Times-Union reports.
TARGETING MISCONDUCT: The Florida Senate is working on legislation to better protect children from abusive teachers, the Herald-Tribune reports.
THERE'S NO SECRET PATTERN: A Manatee high school student learns his FCAT results were invalidated because he tried to use a pattern to fill out the multiple choice section, the Bradenton Herald reports. There is no state rule against Christmas-treeing the Scantron, either, by the way.
MURALS ON THE WALLS: Some Palm Beach schools invest thousands into the decorations, saying it might provide some students their only opportunity to view artwork. They also like that the murals brighten up the school, the Palm Beach Post reports.
FORGET THE SPECIAL DIPLOMA: Miami Senior High sets the bar high for graduation, and an ever increasing number of students are making it across the stage with their regular diploma in hand, the Miami Herald reports.
Visit the Gradebook at noon for an interview with outgoing Florida education commissioner Jeanine Blomberg. She's got some interesting future plans. Check it out.