THEY COME BACK: To lure the most experienced teachers to the neediest schools, Hillsborough County pays "combat pay" - a 10 percent bonus on top of the base salary. The money has drawn some of the county's top teachers and, perhaps more important, kept them at schools that in the past had high turnover rates. The jury is still out on how achievement is affected.
HELPING TO ACHIEVE DREAMS: The High School/High Tech program gives teens with disabilities the education they need to make the transition from school to work. The Orlando Sentinel looks at how it's working at a Lake County high school.
FINDING TIME FOR ART: If it's not FCAT, it's the class-size amendment or something else. With so many demands coming down from Tallahassee, it's not easy to fit in arts education, some teachers tell the Palm Beach Post.
AT HOME, RELAXING: That's where you might find many Duval County high school upperclassmen during FCAT, the Florida Times-Union reports. They don't have to take the test, so they don't show up. District officials are seeking to change that.
IS IT RIGOR? Or just course-title inflation? A U.S. Department of Education report shows that more black students take a high school curriculum of "mid-level" difficulty than do white students, the Washington Post reports.