SPRING BREAK GIVING: College students from USF and around the country help Habitat for Humanity build homes in Pinellas County.
THE WHEELS ON THE BUS GO ... Wherever Pinellas school officials say they do. And they're looking at ways to fine tune the schedule and routes as they near the district's new closer to home attendance policy.
MORE THAN A TEST: Florida's school rating system, based almost entirely on FCAT results, is up for an overhaul. The Orlando Sentinel looks at a more comprehensive way that might provide some startling outcomes.
TESTS AREN'T SO BAD: In fact, Florida Times-Union columnist Mark Woods writes that he wishes he had more of them so he could get that right or wrong feedback that you seem only to get in school.
END-OF-COURSE TESTS COMING: Florida high schoolers could see them replace the FCAT exam. The main hurdle to that goal is finding a way to pay for them, the Palm Beach Post reports.
ONE MORE TEST STORY: Cocoa High has been Brevard's only D school. Florida Today looks at how the school aims to turn around its FCAT performance.
FLORIDA SCHOOLS ARE DOING GREAT: Just look at all the reports, Patricia Levesque of the Foundation for Florida's Future (Jeb Bush's organization) writes in an op-ed piece for the Sun-Sentinel.
BUDGET WINNERS AND LOSERS: The Miami Herald counts teachers among the possible losers as lawmakers ponder budget cuts for the coming fiscal year.
PRUITT VS. BOG: The latest in the power struggle between the Florida Senate president and the state university system leadership comes from the Herald-Tribune.
FORCING OUT ELECTED SUPERINTENDENTS: Mississippi lawmakers are closing in on a law that would allow the state to remove locally elected superintendents whose districts aren't performing well, the Columbus (MS) Commercial Dispatch reports. The only other states with elected superintendents are Florida and Alabama.
HATE THE SAT? Then the University of California might be for you. The university system is planning to drop its requirement that applicants take the SAT II tests to gain admission, the LA Times reports.