SURPRISE. YOU'RE ON PROBATION: USF-St. Petersburg's accrediting agency unexpectedly puts the school on academic probation. The group's concerns about the school were known. (Times photo, 2005)
NURSING INSTRUCTOR ONCE WAS A NURSE: But Sandra Wilbanks got in trouble long before she lied to Pasco-Hernando Community College about having an active nursing license.
NEGOTIATION NEWS: Pasco school employees accuse the district of negotiating in bad faith. They head back to the table Monday. Miami-Dade teachers vow to fight their district's efforts to freeze salaries, the Miami Herald reports.
YOU GO, YOU PAY: School systems on Florida's Treasure Coast are telling teachers to find grants or other ways to pay for travel to professional development events, the Stuart News reports.
THREE MORE AND OUT: The Lee school system will open three new schools to deal with what appears to be the end of an enrollment boom, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.
NO BUYOUT FOR COWIN: It looks like the Lake School Board's attempt to pay unpopular elected superintendent Anna Cowin to go away isn't allowed, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
A ONE-YEAR CHANGE? Some Orange School Board candidates say they would undo the schedule change that the current board is implementing to save money, the Orlando Sentinel reports. How frustrating would that be for parents?
ESOL IS AN INDICATOR: A national study that included Florida schools suggests that schools with high concentrations of poor students who don't speak English as their first language typically perform worse than other schools, the Bradenton Herald reports.
Visit the Gradebook at noon for an interview with former LA superintendent Roy Romer, who is working with Ed in '08 to make education a top priority in the presidential election campaign.