$394 MORE PER STUDENT: That's how much Gov. Crist proposes to add to Florida's education budget, also promising to cover all the losses of Amendment 1 if it passes. But he offers few specifics on how to pay for the increase. Critics accuse him of trying to prop up the Jan. 29 referendum. (AP photo)
IDEA WOULD CHANGE EDUCATION FUNDING: Former Senate president John McKay's proposal to eliminate sales tax exemptions and use the revenue to pay for Florida schools makes it past a key committee of the Florida Taxation and Budget Reform Commission.
RENEW THE TAX: Mitch Lee, a member of the Pinellas Education Foundation board, urges voters to support the school district's Jan. 29 referendum to continue a local property tax option of 0.5 mills to ensure adequate funding of education.
END THE GAMBLE: Florida needs a simple and enforceable way to ensure that revenue from gambling goes to schools, former FSU president Talbot D'Alemberte writes in an op-ed piece.
CHARTER CONCERNS: A group of Broward parents worries that Imagine Schools, a charter company, plans to convert their private school into a charter against their wishes, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
NO MORE HAPPY MEALS: McDonald's has ended its controversial sponsorship of report card jackets in Seminole County, the NY Times reports.
LET PARENTS DECIDE: Florida's parents, and not the courts or schools, should choose whether their children say the Pledge of Allegiance at school, Attorney General Bill McCollum writes in an op-ed piece for the Palm Beach Post.
"FLORIDA'S CHEAP": The saying goes, you get what you pay for. And while some call Florida's universities a bargain, commentator Diane Roberts calls them cheap - "as in tawdry, low-rent, lousy, poor-quality" - in a column for the Tallahassee Democrat.
SO YOU WANT TO BE A COP: Miami-Dade is set to open a high school dedicated to law enforcement education, the Miami Herald reports.
EVOLUTION DEBATE IN BREVARD: Even in a county like Brevard, where the economy relies of businesses that require scientific thought, folks don't agree on the subject, Florida Today reports.
EXIT EXAMS: The Pennsylvania State Board of Education approves a plan to require seniors to pass a slate of exams before graduating, the NY Times reports. The plan next faces a year of review by lawmakers.