OBVIOUS AND OVERDUE: Education commissioner Eric J. Smith's statements that Florida needs more than the FCAT to assess schools signal that he's taking the schools system in the right direction, the Times editorializes.
CATCHING UP: The Pasco school system is making strides to ease overcrowding, but has more work - in the form of 21 more schools and wings over a decade - to get where leaders want the district to be.
RACE AND DISCIPLINE: Black students are disproportionately suspended or arrested in Palm Beach schools. National civil rights groups are urging the district to change its ways, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
ONE MORE HOUR: Four Florida elementary schools, including Lake Forest in Jacksonville, receive a state grant to offer an extra hour of daily instruction. Teachers already can see a difference in their students, the Florida Times-Union reports.
BACK TO SCHOOL: Facing a crummy economy and nowhere jobs, Floridians head to grad school to amp up their skills and employability, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.
WORK AND PLAY: A Deltona middle school teacher gives kids a chance to vent their energy before turning their attention to homework as part of his after-school program, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.
GOOD, BUT GOOD ENOUGH? Questions dog the value of getting National Board certification, with evidence mixed on whether teachers with the certification get any better results from their students than those without, the Palm Beach Post reports.
GRADING TEACHERS WITH STUDENT TESTS: New York schools are about to start rating teachers based on their students' results - something Florida teachers have balked at. It's so controversial, the NY Times reports, that many principals haven't told their teachers it's happening.
THE BOOK AND THE LAW: Folks who oppose the Texas Board of Education's decision to bar a third-grade textbook say the board majority may have broken the law in the book selection process, the Dallas Morning News reports.