ABOVE AVERAGE: Florida students continue to outperform their peers across the nation on norm-referenced tests. Even critics of high-stakes testing say this is a good indicator.
DON'T SMOKE: Some Hernando students drive the point home to their schoolmates by showing them body parts diseased by the effects of smoking. (Times photo, Lance Aram Rothstein - it's a pig lung)
FIRST 'GREEN' SCHOOLS IN PINELLAS: The Pinellas district is rebuilding Tarpon Springs and Tyrone elementary schools according to environmentally friendly standards.
GET TO THE POINT: The Collier School Board wants to ask voters to approve a local property tax increase to support school operations, but its proposed ballot language is 19 words too long, the Naples Daily News reports.
TWO TRACKS ARE BETTER THAN ONE: Florida schools should get more teens to graduate by giving them the choice of college-prep or job-prep in high school, the Sun-Sentinel editorializes.
REASSIGNED: The St. Lucie teacher who allowed her kindergarten class to vote a classmate out of the room is removed herself pending a district-level investigation, the Port St. Lucie Tribune reports.
BOOK BARGAINS: With college textbook costs rising, students seek ways to curb their costs, Florida Today reports.
BUDGET ROUNDUP: Okaloosa considers replacing school nurses with less expensive health technicians, the Northwest Florida Daily News reports. Volusia could dismiss up to 600 employees, including 400 teachers, as early as next week, Local6.com in Orlando reports. Volusia teachers say not all the layoffs are needed, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports. Broward walks away from a land deal for a new high school after the appraisals come in too high, the Miami Herald reports. Orange continues to debate over the value of changing student start times to save money, the Orlando Sentinel reports. UF faculty are questioning why the university is cutting staff even as it has $131-million in hand, the Gainesville Sun reports.