FOCUS, PEOPLE: USF needs to do what it takes to maintain a high quality, trained police force, the Times editorializes.
SEEKING VANDALS: Pinellas deputies are looking for three teens who spray-painted 31 portables at Palm Harbor University High.
HUCKABEE'S EDUCATION RECORD: The former Arkansas governor claims to have the "most impressive" education record in the GOP field for president. The Times' Politifact.com finds that boast only Half True.
FORGET SINGING IN ROUNDS: Kids at Woodson Elementary in Duval learn about music by producing their own tunes in a transformed computer lab, the Florida Times-Union reports.
NOT A CRIME: A Duval P.E. instructor won't face charges after calling a parent to come to school with a belt to whip his misbehaving stepchild. But he still could lose his job, the Florida Times-Union reports.
THINGS FALL APART: The Herald-Tribune got a lot of attention when it published a national list of sanctioned teachers. But the list was supposed to be confidential, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution education blog reports, and the blowback might be that the database effort could be abandoned as a result.
SORRY, NO DEAD CHICKENS: FIU's course on Santeria is quite academic, the Miami Herald reports.
WHAT DO YOU KNOW ABOUT MENINGITIS? USF's tough stance on having students vaccinated for the illness leads to a statewide debate on how to keep meningitis at bay in universities, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
FIX FINANCIAL AID: A recently released report says Florida needs to strive to keep college affordable to low-income students, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.
BLACKLISTED: A Collier substitute teacher fights being placed on the district's "do not call" list, the Naples Daily News reports.
PRESSURE POINT: Harvard's offer to discount its cost to all but the wealthiest students is putting some pressure on other elite universities to do the same thing - but many can't afford it, the NY Times reports.
Visit the Gradebook at noon for an interview with Patricia Levesque, who discusses her proposals before the Florida Taxation and Budget Reform Commission.