GOTTA BUY THE BOOKS: During tight budget times, some Pasco teachers (and others around Florida) wonder why schools must spend millions on new reading textbooks. It's all about changing standards, K-12 chancellor Frances Haithcock explains.
DIVING RIGHT IN: Area high school and college students face off in an aquatic robot competition at Adventure Island. The winners, from Edgewater High in Orlando, head to California for international competition.
UNINFORMED IN A SEA OF INFORMATION: Students have access to more news and information than ever before, yet they seem so unaware of what's going on in the world around them, Case Western Reserve University journalism professor Ted Gup writes in an op-ed piece.
BUILDING OVER BOUNDARIES: Broward school officials are poised to spend millions on a new school, despite the availability of empty classrooms, to avoid the wrath of parents if they try to redraw attendance zones, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
CRIST'S PLEDGE TO HOLD SCHOOLS HARMLESS FADES AWAY: The governor made his pitch based on November budget projections, but the newest financial reality shows a much worse picture, the Tallahassee Democrat reports. In fact, property owners in 20 counties would see higher tax rates as a result of the education budget coming out of Tallahassee, the Palm Beach Post reports. The Jackson school district plans to dip into its reserves, as well as trim back its spending, to make ends meet, the Jackson County Floridian reports. More from the Herald-Tribune here.
IS MOTOCROSS NEXT? Kids at an Apopka middle school learn how to skateboard for their P.E. class, WESH-TV Orlando reports.
GOING GREEN TO SAVE SOME GREEN: Broward Community College's environmental friendliness - waterless urinals and self-contained water heaters, for instance - have the added benefit of costing less to operate, the Miami Herald reports. Palm Beach schools also are turning to "green" technologies for new buildings, the Palm Beach Post reports.
LAKE TO CHOOSE ITS SUPERINTENDENT: For the first time in 30 years, the School Board - rather than voters - will pick the district leader. The decision comes Monday, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
DEALS DONE ON FCAT CHEATING: Two Brevard educators reach agreements with the Education Practices Commission over accusations of academic fraud, Florida Today reports.