GOV'S PLAN IGNORED: Charlie Crist remains resolutely upbeat about his budget plan for Florida, but lawmakers don't seriously consider many of his proposals, such as adding $1-billion to education, as viable.
VIRTUALLY THE BIGGEST: Florida Virtual School has become the biggest online public school in the country, serving students who either can't or don't want to take classes on campus. (Times photo, Kathleen Flynn)
FITTING IN: Pasco superintendents don't generally hire outsiders to run district schools. It's all about continuing the district culture. Susan Barcellino, who most recently led a Naples school, is a rare exception as new principal of Moon Lake Elementary.
PAID, BUT UNPUBLISHED: State Sen. Mike Haridopolos, already under fire for taking an instructor job at UF, finds more criticism for receiving $150,000 from Brevard Community College for writing an unpublished book, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
TRACKING TROUBLEMAKERS: Duval's sheriff's office will get access to student disciplinary data, to target the most disruptive middle and high school students in a new crime prevention program, the Florida Times-Union reports.
GOING SOLAR: Florida Gulf Coast U. seeks to create a solar field that would generate enough energy to power the campus. The half money for the $17-million project is in the Florida Senate budget, but not in the House version, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.
TEACH TWINS TOGETHER: Research suggests that separating multiple-birth siblings too soon can cause learning problems. Florida is the latest state to consider legislation that would allow them to stay in class together rather than force them apart, the Herald-Tribune reports.
FIFTY YEARS OF TEACHING: Much has changed, not always for the better, during Pat Kershner's 50 years in kindergarten, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.
FIND A BETTER WAY: An Okaloosa community group wants the state to find a better way to evaluate and reward teachers, the Northwest Florida Daily News reports.