STUDENTS SCORE, AND SO DOES ELIA: Hillsborough superintendent MaryEllen Elia nets a $37,620 bonus on top of her $253,000 salary based on student performance. The bonus, like the kids' performance, was better last year.
CHECK YOUR FACTS: The Pasco school district and employees union launch separate informational campaigns about Amendment 1, which would change Florida's property tax system. Though different in tone, both reach the same conclusion - schools would suffer if the plan passes.
KEEPING GUARDS UP: USF renews a $1-million contract to have unarmed guards on campus, even as it can't reach contract terms with its armed police force.
SLOWING THE PACE: The Hillsborough school district had planned to revamp its bus system within a year to save some cash. But officials now concede the initiative was too ambitious, so they're taking more time.
A "FABULOUS TEACHER": Lesley Wade's colleagues and students say the Wiregrass Ranch High biology teacher deserved the title of Pasco County teacher of the year.
EVOLUTION IS RELIGION: So says conservative lawyer David C. Gibbs III, arguing that the state cannot teach evolution alone without promoting religion. He makes his argument a month before the State Board of Education is to vote on new science standards.
TEACHER TURNS AUTHOR: Pasco educator Jerry Teske publishes his first novel under a Barnes & Noble imprint.
FCAT FOCUS: Palm Beach schools are preparing for the test, which remains a month away. One new idea to encourage good results - high schoolers who score well can now earn final exam exemptions, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
OPTING OUT: Broward students would be able to stop wearing school uniforms under a new proposal before the School Board. All they'd need is a parent's signature, the Miami Herald reports.
A GOOD SUPERINTENDENT IS HARD TO FIND: Collier is in a lawsuit over its top administrator. Lake is seeking its first appointed leader in 30 years. Lee School Board leaders don't want to join the pack, so they're trying to keep current superintendent James Browder from leaving, the Naples Daily News reports.
CAREERS ARE THE FUTURE: Sarasota is planning the state's fourth technical institute high school to focus students on high-tech careers, the Herald-Tribune reports.