NOW IT'S THEIR TURN: The State Board of Education finally gets to weigh in on the evolution debate on Tuesday. Here's where they stand, as of now, anyway. The debate pits science against faith. Read this comparison for an overview of the issues at play.
USF WANTS A HOSPITAL: University leaders say it would help push the medical school to a more elite level. At least one state senator agrees and has filed a bill to make it happen. (Wonder how many more students the university system would have to dump to pay for that.)
FINANCIAL FINDINGS AT USF: A state audit turns up several weaknesses in the system. The Board of Trustees will take up the matter this morning.
TOP OF THE CLASS: PINELLAS - Class project helps foster kids (Ridgecrest Elementary); Magnet signup deadline is Feb. 22 (countywide); HERNANDO - Guitar lessons a welcome addition after school (Parrott Middle); In last days, kids cheered her (Parrott Middle)
SEX ED FOR SIXTH GRADERS: Palm Beach schools will teach sixth graders about contraceptives as the district expands its sex ed curriculum, the Palm Beach Post reports. In the past, the lessons focused on diseases but didn't mention prevention.
PALM BEACH TRIMS COPS' RAISES: The school officers had asked for 5 percent, but got only 2 percent. Union leaders vow to remember this decision come School Board election time, the Sun-Sentinel reports. See also the Palm Beach Post report.
LAYOFFS POSSIBLE: Hearing more bad budget news from Tallahasee, Miami-Dade superintendent Rudy Crew announces that he might have to lay off hundreds of employees to make ends meet, the Miami Herald reports. Crew had avoided layoff talk up to this point.
CHARTERS WIN STATE APPROVAL: After fighting with Brevard County to open, two City of Palm Bay charter schools get the nod from the Florida Schools of Excellence Commission, a controversial state agency that many districts are trying to get around, Florida Today reports.
ZERO TOLERANCE MEANS TEACHERS TOO: The Polk School Board fires a teacher for having a handgun in his truck in the school parking lot, the Lakeland Ledger reports.