FAMU TURNS THE CORNER: University president James Ammons tells the Times that the school's major financial and operational problems are getting cleared up. Now, FAMU just worries about state financial problems, just like UF, USF and others in the system. (Times photo, 2003)
CUTTING COPS: Hernando County schools could lose their resource officers because of pending budget cuts.
GOING THE EXTRA MILE: Kids in Candy Suarez's class at Sand Pine Elementary take on her challenge to run a mile in 10 minutes or less. It began as part of the Pasco teacher's effort to provide 30 minutes of P.E. daily. It ended up as a way to bond the class.
PARENTS GRAB CHARTER SEATS: Pasco school officials rejected Imagine School's charter application in 2006, suggesting it couldn't fill all the chairs it wanted to open. A year later, the district approved the charter and after half its parent meetings, the school projects it will have a waiting list.
HANDS OFF: A former Pasco middle school band teacher is sentenced to 22-1/2 years in prison for having sex with a student.
LAYOFFS COMING: Lee superintendent James Browder says he expects to begin laying off employees soon to deal with budget shortfalls, the Naples Daily News reports.
FILLING SEATS: Duval school officials look to the public for ideas on how to deal with crowding in some schools and empty seats in others, the Florida Times-Union reports.
EDUCATION IN THE HOUSE: A key House education committee hears bills on anti-bullying, class-size reductions and college remedial classes, the Palm Beach Post reports.
DO THEY NEED SEX ED? A new report showing 25 percent of teen girls have a sexually transmitted disease raises the question of whether abstinence-only sex ed is enough for Florida schools, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.
SAGGY PANTS BILL GAINS TRACTION: Once considered a joke, Sen. Gary Siplin's proposal to ban "slabbing" in schools is getting more support than ever, the Herald-Tribune reports. (Photo from Dallas Morning News)
FIX THE FCAT: Having an accountability test is fine, but the state needs to change the way it's used, the Sun-Sentinel editorializes.
OOPS: The Polk school district discovers it has been overpaying 53 employees and underpaying 38 others, the Lakeland Ledger reports.
10 MORE DAYS: Brevard school officials propose lengthening the school year to deal with complaints that there's not enough time before winter break to prepare for semester finals anymore, Florida Today reports.