NOT YOUR GRANDFATHER'S VO-TECH: Florida's education leaders have put career and technical education on the front burner of high school reform, aiming to improve the state's dropout rate while also better preparing teens for the world of work. (Times photo, Douglas Clifford)
ALL ABOUT THE SKILLS: Pasco's struggling Cox Elementary offers students extra math instruction to hone their skills. Few teachers mention the FCAT, but the kids understand what's on the line if they don't do well on the test that begins Tuesday.
SWOOSH: Nike sponsors Hillsborough's Armwood High football team, as sports branding begins to push from the college to the high school level.
HE'S LISTENING: Hernando superintendent Wayne Alexander goes on the road for a series of town hall meetings. Members of the public don't hesitate to give him an earful.
HEADED NORTH: Pasco school leaders plan to travel to the snowy north to seek teachers who can't find jobs where they live.
WASTE OF TIME: Hernando officials have better things to worry about than students' clothing, the Times editorializes.
CLASS-SIZE FLEXIBILITY: Teachers want it. Lawmakers have a couple of ideas to make it happen, the Palm Beach Post reports. But as we've noted over and again, the question is whether the public will accept changes proposed to the class-size amendment.
THE FUTURE OF BRIGHT FUTURES: Legislative leaders promised they wouldn't pursue changes to the popular scholarship program. But members of the rank and file have filed bills anyway, the Florida Times-Union reports.
MORE ON MIAMI EDISON HIGH: It won't be easy to convict the students arrested in a fight at Miami Edison because of sketchy arrest affidavits, the Miami Herald reports. Meanwhile, the Miami-Dade schools police union decided to have a confidence vote in their chief in the wake of how the melee was handled, the Herald reports.
WILL IT WORK? Schools have done all they could to prepare kids for the FCAT. Starting Tuesday, "the battle is at hand," the Palm Beach Post reports.
MERIT PAY FIGHT: The Lake School Board accuses superintendent Anna Cowin of using district money without its permission to pay teachers bonuses, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
LEARN TO READ: About one-third of Manatee students are in a reading remediation program, the Bradenton Herald reports.