SHE WANTED NEW HUBCAPS: But Pinellas County teacher of the year Sherry Brock could not make herself vote for a performance bonus under STAR. She and some of the other teachers who overwhelmingly rejected more pay on principle explain why they stood together against the system, which is now being rewritten.
CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION SOUGHT: Lawmakers call for an investigation into Florida A&M University as they review an audit report showing millions of dollars unaccounted for.
BUT DOES HE CLEAN UP AFTERWARD? Crystal River High senior Joshua Dawson won a regional battle of the chefs with his sauteed chicken in basil sauce, and now heads to Dallas to compete, Iron Chef style, with 22 other top teen chefs for a $40,000 scholarship.
HOPING TO BE HEARD: Deaf students from Land O'Lakes High head to Tallahassee to rally for a bill that would require all sign language interpreters to have a state license. Then they will meet with lawmakers to make their case in person.
GO SUCK ON A CANDY CANE: To relieve test anxiety, that is. Researchers are finding that the scent of peppermint helps people concentrate on tests, the Washington Post reports.
BONG HITS 4 JESUS: The kid called it a joke. The principal accused him of advocating a toke. Now the U.S. Supreme Court is weighing the whole free speech vs. school discipline issue. Here's the USA Today report on yesterday's court hearing.