TAKE A HIKE: The Hernando School Board will consider eliminating courtesy bus rides, forcing nearly 1,800 more kids to walk to school. The change could save close to $1-million. (Times photo, 2004)
DISASTER IN THE AIR: Florida's public universities already rank among the worst nationally in class sizes and financial resources. Further cuts could decimate the schools, FSU English teacher Erin Belieu writes in an op-ed piece.
FCAT BLACKOUT: Some school districts, most notably Broward, have abandoned the "FCAT frenzy" of never-ending test prep. But for others, like Palm Beach, the high stakes test takes hold now, as the Palm Beach Post reports.
NEVER TOO SOON: Some Leon County fourth-graders learn to pick stocks in lessons about the economy, the Tallahassee Democrat reports. Probably a lot of adult investors are wishing they had this knowledge about now.
CREATING AN IDENTITY: Called LLL for months, Broward's newest high school has a mascot, team colors and a logo as it strives to establish itself and bring kids who once attended rival schools together, the Miami Herald reports.
LOCAL EFFORT UP: Brevard's property taxes for schools have risen 89 percent in the past seven years because of legislative actions, Florida Today reports.
DON'T GO: After graduation, college grads must decide where to live - a new home of their own or back with mom and dad are the usual choices. Some colleges are providing a third path - apartments on campus, the NY Times reports.