RISING STAR: State Sen. Don Gaetz didn't take the advice that newly elected lawmakers should be seen and not heard in Tallahassee. Now in his second session, the Education chairman is considered a likely prospect for Senate president.
A GUIDE POST FOR FLORIDA: As lawmakers consider creating a state college system - where community colleges offer two- and four-year degrees - St. Pete College is looking like the model. Edison College wants to become a "state college," the Fort Myers News-Press reports.
THE 'ENROLLMENT GAP': Women are outpacing men in attending Florida's colleges and universities. While some don't see this as much of an issue, at least one school - St. Pete College - is trying to do something about it, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
SCHEDULING PROBLEMS: The Legislature's decision that school districts can't start classes more than two weeks before Labor Day is causing headaches for the Palm Beach system, the Sun-Sentinel reports. (The Florida Senate education committee killed a bill this month that would have made the problem go away.)
NOT RECRUITING: Lee district officials say they won't take part in job fairs or actively recruit teachers, seeing as they expect to begin layoffs soon, the Naples Daily News reports.
'PARTICULARLY INSULTING': The Daytona Beach News-Journal laments that the Taxation and Budget Reform Commission is proposing to take away a stable source of education funding at the same time it would allow Florida to give tax money to private religious schools.
FACING THE AX - AGAIN: Duette Elementary, Florida's last remaining one-room school house, is threatened with closure as Manatee school officials look for ways to save money, the Herald-Tribune reports.
SPORTS TRAVEL ON THE BUBBLE: The Manatee district also is considering whether to stop teams from traveling outside Manatee and Sarasota counties, except for when required by state rules, as a money-saving venture, the Bradenton Herald reports.