USF NEEDS MORE COPS: A consultant finds the university police force understaffed, underpaid and potentially overwhelmed.
HELP ON THE WAY: Gulfside Elementary in Pasco County gets a $300,000 grant to boost its efforts to improve its C grade.
A NEW ERA: Much works remains ahead to ensure Pinellas schools implement a new student assignment plan appropriately. But at least the School Board has stopped wringing its hands and moved ahead, the Times editorializes.
HELPING MINORITY BOYS: Polk schools will participate in a national study aimed at improving academic achievement of minority boys, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
ACCUSED OF NEGLIGENCE: A lawyer for the parents of a 5-year-old boy who was killed in traffic outside his Miami school has accused school officials of negligence for letting the child leave campus unattended, the Miami Herald reports.
FAMU TASK FORCE MOVES AHEAD: Despite calls for its dissolution, the task force meets to set its priorities for the coming year, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.
STALEMATE: The Manatee School Board and County Commission can't agree on where to place a new technical institute in the eastern part of the county, the Bradenton Herald reports.
HEADED TO TRIAL: There's no quick settlement in the lawsuit that fired Collier superintendent Ray Baker filed against his former bosses, the Naples Daily News reports.
KUDOS FOR BREVARD: Gov. Crist awards the Brevard school district one of six 2007 Governor's Sterling Awards, making it the second school district ever to qualify for the honor, Florida Today reports.
TRANSFORMING TEACHER EDUCATION: A Princeton University foundation is launching a new fellowship program aimed at luring top students into teaching, the NY Times reports.
TEACHER BACKGROUND CHECKS: Texas will begin checking the criminal histories of all school employees and volunteers in January as part of a four-year school safety effort, the Dallas Morning News reports.