NEGOTIATION NEWS: Pasco renews its request for teachers and school-related personnel to delay their annual step increases as contract talks ensue. Hernando teachers, meanwhile, ask for a 5.5 percent raise just like the one superintendent Wayne Alexander got.
BRAIN DRAIN CONTINUES: USF loses its hot robotics professor to Texas A&M, unable to meet the other school's offer.
BILLS PILE UP: The legal battle over infrastructure between the Hillsborough County Commission and School Board has cost $40,000 in lawyer fees so far.
DON'T TALK BACK: Lee students who are deemed insubordinate to teachers will face suspension or expulsion as the district stiffens its penalties for the offense, the Naples Daily News reports.
DEBATING THE TAX SWAP: The group opposing proposed changes to the way Florida funds education is calling for public debates with the Taxation and Budget Reform commissioners who advocated the idea, the Tallahassee Democrat reports. The coalition against the measure is growing, the Herald-Tribune reports.
MISSPENT MONEY: The Lake School Board accuses outgoing superintendent Anna Cowin of misusing $485,000 for a defunct reading program, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
BUDGET ROUNDUP: Manatee dips into its rainy day funds to cover the rising cost of business, the Bradenton Herald reports. Santa Fe Community College looks to cut $3-million in spending while raising tuition by 6 percent, the Gainesville Sun reports. Leon postpones 17 construction projects because of a lack of funding, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.