EVOLUTION DEBATE LIVES ON: The "academic freedom" bills before the Legislature are likely to get hearings, but there's no clear indication that they'll make it out.
WHAT GOES ON WHEN THE FCAT ENDS EACH DAY? Classroom instruction, that's what. The test only lasts 1-2 hours daily, after all, and as the kids at Seven Oaks Elementary in Pasco say "we still have more to learn." (Times photo, Mike Pease)
MAKE IT HAPPEN: Hernando County school and government officials need to set priorities that keep resource officers in the schools, the Times editorializes.
KEEP GUNS OFF CAMPUS: A recent Pasco County high school grad is advocating allowing students to carry weapons at the University of Central Florida as protection. Columnist Andrew Skerritt wonders how police would be able to tell hero from villain if something happened.
ANOTHER SEX CASE: Davidsen Middle School teacher Stephanie M. Ragusa is arrested for having sex with a 14-year-old boy who attends the school (not her student).
BOUNDARY BROUHAHA: Hundreds of Broward students and parents turn out to oppose proposed high school zone changes, the Sun-Sentinel reports. The School Board tentatively approved the boundaries anyway (don't they always?), the Miami Herald reports.
FRUSTRATED: Volusia plans to close seven poorly attended schools, and parents are not pleased, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.
TRY, TRY AGAIN: Student journalists at Monarch High in Broward are having a tough time getting their newspaper passed the censoring eyes of their administration. But they're still trying, the Miami Herald reports.
PICK A PARTNER: Palm Beach Gardens school officials urge kids not to go to bus stops alone after a girl is abducted and assaulted while waiting for her ride to school, the Palm Beach Post reports.
DROP IT: Lawyers for the Okeechobee school district want a judge to evacuate his order allowing the Gay-Straight Alliance to meet at Okeechobee High, now that the club has disbanded, the Palm Beach Post reports.
BUILDING BLOCKS: In trying to save money, the Collier School Board alters its block scheduling for high schools, against the wishes of students and teachers, the Naples Daily News reports.