TRY IT, YOU'LL LIKE IT: Teachers in Little Rock, Ark., have quickly warmed to performance-based pay bonuses, suggesting that if the plan is right, it can work. Reporter Ron Matus writes about the Little Rock system.
SCHOOL STINKS: Literally. Kids at Chamberlain High in Tampa have to cope with sewer gas smells while they eat and while they walk down the halls. The a/c doesn't cool well, either, and the water boiler doesn't always heat. Students, and at least one School Board member, are seeking change.
COOL RUNNING: Wesley Chapel eighth-grader Sara Reamer plays soccer, volleyball and more for her middle school teams. But the 14-year-old is making her mark in a distinctly non-Florida sport - luge.
FROM THE EDITORIAL PAGES: Three of the six finalists for Hernando County superintendent misrepresented themselves on their applications. The editorial staff suggests that residents deserve better. In Pasco, the superintendent spent some time seeking to tweak the teacher dress code. The opinion is: the district has bigger fish to fry.
SYSTEM MALFUNCTION: More than half of Florida teachers punished for sexually abusing or physically attacking students kept their licenses and their classrooms, a Sarasota Herald-Tribune special report says. One example: "Tara Wright had sex with two teenage boys when she taught English at Wymore Secondary School in Orange County. She now teaches second-graders in Hernando County."
WHEN CHURCH AND SCHOOL MEET: Every weekend, schools around the state close to students and open to worshippers, who rent out the otherwise unused space, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
HEAD START TEST ON THE ROPES: Four-year-olds in the federal preschool program soon might not have to face standardized testing anymore, as Congress moves to get rid of the exams, the Washington Post reports.