REPLACING AGING SCHOOLS: Pasco makes plans to raze and rebuild portions of Sanders and Richey elementary schools as it aims to improve conditions at the district's oldest campuses.
TOP OF THE CLASS HERNANDO: No building slowdown for engineering students (Challenger K-8); Smash, sort, create (West Hernando Middle); Bullying calls for united approach (guest column) [Times photo, Ron Thompson]
BACK OFF: Florida lawmakers won't get the type of teacher merit pay they want unless they let school districts set up the plans without so much interference and micromanaging, the Times editorializes.
LIBERTY CITY CHARTER TO CLOSE: The Miami-Dade School Board voted to terminate its contract with the charter school that former governor Jeb Bush and State Board of Education chairman T. Willard Fair opened in 1996, the Miami Herald reports. The school, Florida's first charter school, was $1-million in debt.
ABSENT: Few lawmakers attend a private showing of "Expelled," Ben Stein's documentary about the teaching of evolution, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.
TOO MUCH BOOST: Four South Florida teens drink too much energy drink to make themselves more alert for the FCAT and are rushed to the hospital, NBC6.net reports.
NEIGHBOR AGAINST NEIGHBOR: Students and parents are upset by high school attendance zone changes in southwest Broward, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
LEAVE THE BOARD ALONE: The Florida Council of 100 comes to the defense of the Board of Governors, opposing bills to change the university governance structure, the Palm Beach Post reports.
TINKERING WITH A-PLUS PLAN: Lawmakers move ahead with the most significant changes to Jeb Bush's education accountability program since he left office, the Miami Herald reports. But no, they're not replacing the FCAT. The Bradenton Herald reports that Manatee County school officials like the proposed changes.
MIAMI-DADE LAYOFFS: The state's largest school district will lay off more than 200 employees to help balance the budget, the Miami Herald reports.
LEE SUPERINTENDENT STAYS: When James Browder threatened to leave, the Lee School Board offered him up to $60,000 to stay. He didn't take the money, but he's staying anyway, the Naples Daily News reports.
FOCUS ON FCAT: The Lee school district cancels after-school activities during the FCAT, something some parents consider overkill, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.