GIVING MORE KIDS A HEAD START: At a high poverty, high minority school like Cox Elementary in Dade City, many children enter kindergarten having never seen a classroom before. Cox, which faces No Child Left Behind sanctions, aims to counter that problem, in part, by adding more prekindergarten classes. (Times photo, Zach Boyden-Holmes)
LAST-MINUTE TOUCHES: While the rest of the district rested, folks responsible for preparing Gulf Trace Elementary in Holiday for its debut worked throughout break to have the new campus ready for students.
SHAKE IT UP, BABY: New Hernando superintendent Wayne Alexander has big restructuring plans in store for the spring.
EXPLAIN YOURSELF: Florida lawmakers expect Florida Atlantic president Frank Brogan to give them some answers about a huge, controversial severance package to a former fund raiser, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
KEEP IT OUT OF THE CONSTITUTION: Ideas like requiring schools to spend 65 percent of their funds, or allowing public money to go to private schools, are "destructive and frivolous" ideological battles that don't belong in Florida's constitution, the Palm Beach Post editorializes. The concepts are before the Florida Taxation and Budget Reform Commission.
WHAT'S THAT LANGUAGE? An Orlando magnet high school gives students in-depth lessons in computer languages, as the state endeavors to put more focus on high-skills career skills, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
AIMING HIGH: The principal of F-rated Nims Elementary in Tallahassee is looking for ways to transform the school's grade to an A by the end of this year, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.