BUDGET SLASHING CONTINUES: The Senate finished up its $65-billion budget proposal, while the House continues its debate today. Both sides agree on a 6 percent tuition hike for the universities, but they differ on per-student funding levels.
NOT SO CLOSE: Some Pinellas parents discover their "close to home" school isn't really all that close. District officials, who released new attendance zone maps this week, say zones always have someone living on the outskirts.
COMPLAINT DISMISSED: The Florida Elections Commission has found a complaint against Pasco superintendent Heather Fiorentino legally insufficient. The group that filed it decided not to pursue the matter further.
TOP OF THE CLASS: Brandon High tech program issues take-home laptops; Life after FCAT: Global Celebration raises quarters for cancer (Brooksville Elementary); Kayaks in the classroom at Energy and Marine Center; Grocery bags will carry Earth Day message (Fox Chapel Middle)
NEW UNION BOSS DIDN'T DISCLOSE: The newly elected leader of the Palm Beach teachers association didn't mention his criminal background on his job application, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
THEY REMEMBER: Jeffrey Johnston won't graduate with his classmates as the first class to complete Ida Baker High in Lee County. But friends still count the boy, who committed suicide after enduring bullying for three years, as one of their own, the Fort Myers News-Press reports. Florida lawmakers are considering the Jeffrey Johnston anti-bullying bill again this year.
TEACHER MISCONDUCT (AGAIN): A male teacher at a private school in Jacksonville is arrested on charges of having sex with a 17-year-old female student, the Florida Times-Union reports.
WE DON'T NEED YOU, BUT ... Less than two weeks after dismissing more than a dozen teachers, saying enrollment is down, the principal of a Martin middle school heads to New York on a teacher recruitment trip, the Palm Beach Post reports.
AN F IN FINANCE: A newly released national survey shows high school seniors don't know much about economics or personal finance, the AP reports (via Washington Post).
LENDERS LEAVING: The national credit crunch has led college lenders representing 12 percent of the market out of the business, and some see this as the start of a major exodus from the business, the Washington Post reports.
CATHOLIC SCHOOLS SHRINKING: Enrollment nationally is less than half of what it was in the 1960s, USA Today reports.