MAGNET OK'D: The Pinellas School Board approves a new arts magnet for Tarpon Springs High, despite concerns raised that the program could reduce the diversity of a similar program at Gibbs High.
BRAIN DRAIN: State university system leaders worry that the best and brightest professors might go elsewhere as Florida's financial picture continues to worsen.
USF REACHES DEAL WITH COPS: The contract negotiations end as the sides arrive at a tentative deal that provides raises and the potential for bonuses.
COMPLAINT FILED: The West Pasco Board of Realtors accuses Pasco superintendent Heather Fiorentino of misusing district resources to solicit employee votes against Amendment 1. Fiorentino denies the complaint, which heads to the Florida Elections Commission.
MUSIC MATTERS: Studying music helps students perform better in academic pursuits, a prominent pianist tells Pasco students.
GIFTED MAGNET FOR HERNANDO: The Challenger K-8 school, already a science and math magnet, will house Hernando's new gifted magnet, too.
LOSING STUDENTS, LOSING FUNDING: The Lee school system expected 4,000 new students this year but only about 1,600 showed up. Like many Florida districts, it's projecting a decline in enrollment next year, the Naples Daily News reports.
SPEED IT UP: The Lake School Board accelerates its time line for hiring a new superintendent, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
BOUNDARY BATTLE: Brevard parents fighting their district's proposal to redraw attendance zones and increase busing win an ally on the board, Florida Today reports.
BACK PAY FOR FIRED TEACHER: The Palm Beach School Board is considering a $272,000 payment to a teacher who was improperly terminated in 2004, the Palm Beach Post reports.
PROTECTING KIDS FROM POLLUTION: The Los Angeles school district will stop building schools near freeways and other sources of pollution, the LA Times reports.