COMMUNICATION, RELIGION AND CHANGE: Hillsborough school officials are still talking about absenteeism on Good Friday and why things turned out the way they did. Columnist Ernest Hooper writes that the district should not let the rule-breakers rule when the issue comes up again.
TEACHERS, STUDENTS AND SEX: A Pinellas teacher faces dismissal after he's accused by a female student of taking her to his house and giving him a massage. A Pasco sub is arrested after she's charged with having an "unlawful sexual relationship with a minor" male high school student.
TOUGH WORK: University lobbyists face rough times in Tallahassee these days, with little money available and their bosses suing the Legislature and all.
SHE'LL DO THE JOB FOR FREE: State Sen. Evelyn Lynn gives up her salary to lead an outreach center for FSU's Florida Center for Reading Research, saying the controversy over her pay was distracting from the mission behind the work.
JACKSONVILLE'S COMMITMENT: The University of North Florida and Jacksonville Community College offer unlimited scholarships to Jacksonville high school seniors who qualify for free or reduced-price lunches, the Florida Times-Union reports. Two other area colleges provide smaller numbers of grants as part of the area's efforts to boost the community's education level.
RECONSIDERING 'NO-AID' PROVISION: The Florida Taxation and Budget Reform Commission will consider whether to ask voters to toss out the constitutional amendment that doomed the state's school voucher program, the Miami Herald reports.
ART TEACHER MIGHT LOSE JOB OVER MATH: An Orange County art teacher who knows he's no good at math could lose his certification because he can't pass a state-required math exam, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
GENDER DETERMINES MAJORS: The Fort Myers News-Press examines enrollment records at southwest Florida's universities and finds, as the headline puts it, that "Math is for men, nursing for women."
PAY CUTS FOR ALL: That's just one of the budget possibilities for Manatee schools. Other ideas include ending all field trips and closing the district's last one-room school house, the Herald-Tribune reports.