LEARNING TO LISTEN, TALK: Ricky Thors couldn't hear until he got cochlear implants at 13 months old. His communication skills lagged, no surprise, by more than a year. With the help of a special Pasco County schools program, he and his classmates - all of whom have cochlear implants - are catching up, with the goal of entering kindergarten listening and talking like any other kid.
THE CANDIDATES ARE COMING: Hernando County will meet the finalists for superintendent in person starting tomorrow. For now, these mini profiles of the three not covered Monday provide an introduction.
HELP NEEDED: A new nuclear plant could soon go up in Levy County, creating a demand for skilled trades workers that outstrips the current supply. To respond, neighboring Citrus County school leaders are considering whether to create a high school academy for construction and energy jobs. The trend toward more career and technical education isn't limited to Florida. The Dallas Morning News reports a rise in such programs in Texas, too.
STRIPPED OF TEACHING JOB: A Charlotte County high school music teacher who bared his bottom in an amateur local production of The Full Monty has been threatened with losing his job unless he quits the show, the Herald-Tribune reports.
SEEKING AMMO: ACLU lawyers met with Palm Beach County residents and school district officials in a continued search for information that would help it sue the school district for failing to leave no child behind, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
THE COST OF AFTER-CARE: Seminole County school officials are increasing the cost of after-school programs they offer, with the extra going to pay teachers during the regular school day. Making a profit on such programs is unusual, the Orlando Sentinel reports. Is this a precursor of things to come as Florida's financial picture takes a downturn?