HARD TO SAY GOODBYE: Perkins Elementary assistant principal Pat Archibald (left) wants to stay at her school, but her request to remain beyond her chosen retirement date remains in limbo. Retiring Skycrest Elementary principal Sheila Jaquish might no longer be employed by Pinellas schools, but that won't stop her from working for them. (Times photo, Dirk Shadd)
KEEP PHONES OUT OF SIGHT: The Hillsborough School Board sets a new rule for student cell phones - "If we see it, we take it."
GRADUATIONS: Today's installment features Mitchell High, Zephyrhills High and some advice from columnist Howard Troxler.
SCHOOL PAPER WINS TOP HONORS: The John Hopkins Middle student paper has been named best in the country by Weekly Reader.
KIDS HAVE RIGHTS, TOO: Braden River High administrators did the wrong thing by banning graduating senior Mike Egloff from commencement for songs he posted on MySpace, the Times editorializes.
SUE YOU: The family of Alex Barton, the kindergartner whose teacher allowed his classmates to vote him out, is moving ahead with plans to sue the St. Lucie school district, the Port St. Lucie Tribune reports.
DON'T MISS THE CUP: Polk receives a grant allowing it to double the number of students it will randomly test for drugs, the Lakeland Ledger reports.
THEY'LL BE BACK: Fifteen of the 16 teachers from India who nearly got deported mid-year over visa concerns say they will return to Martin County next year, the Palm Beach Post reports.
BUDGET ROUNDUP: Volusia tells teachers they can't have coffee pots and other personal appliances in their classrooms because they're a drain on electricity costs, the Orlando Sentinel reports. Lee teachers talk about the importance of collective bargaining, especially during tough budget times, the Naples Daily News reports. Manatee plans to cut $3.4-million in salaries and benefits on Monday, the Bradenton Herald reports. Leon superintendent Jackie Pons says some jobs will be lost during budget cuts, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.
Visit the Gradebook at noon for an interview with retiring Pasco teacher Polly Jackson, who talks about how education has changed during her four decades on the job.