COLLECTING CATERPILLARS AND CONDUCTING CHEMISTRY: Pinellas elementary teacher Nancy McClelland (left) spends her winter break in Costa Rica, doing scientific research she plans to use in lessons after she returns.
WITH A LITTLE LUCK: Palm Beach students seeking access to the county's most popular schools can't game the system. A lottery, run by an out-of-state firm, decides who gets in and who doesn't, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
GET BACK TO BASICS: Jeb Bush hijacked the FCAT to grade schools and do other things it was never intended to do, the Palm Beach Post editorializes. With reports that so many kids entering Florida's college system need remediation, it's time for the state to use the FCAT to assess their skills and help them.
PRESERVE THE PRINCIPLE, CHANGE THE LAW: Florida can't afford to meet the class-size amendment if it moves to classroom counts - school averages should suffice, the Stuart News editorializes.
BACK TO SCHOOL: A $3-million Lotto ticket expires in Martin County, so 80 percent of it goes back into the state's education trust fund, the Stuart News reports.
NO CHARGES OVER KNIFE: A Marion County 10-year-old who brought a steak knife to school to cut her lunch meat won't face felony charges, the Ocala Star-Banner reports.
TO GET A TRAINER: A small number of high schools across the country are turning to "unorthodox" measures to help them afford certified athletic trainers for their student-athletes, the NY Times reports.
CLASS CAP HURTS: Texas has imposed a new law barring public college students from dropping more than six classes during their undergraduate careers. The goal is to keep them on track to graduate, and to stop them from taking up seats meant for others, the Dallas Morning News reports. Like anything else, the idea has critics.