CALL IT 'MAP' NOW: Senators move to replace the controversial Special Teachers Are Rewarded performance pay plan with a compromise Merit Award Program. The House is slated to act on the plan today. Other states are noticing the debate - the Houston Chronicle's blog School Zone picked up the Times' recent story of teachers who voted against STAR and titled its entry 'And you thought Houston teachers hate merit pay.'
PROMISE TO PROTECT: Members of the Legislature's black caucus say they won't let Florida A&M University, the state's beleaguered historically black university, go down in flames over mismanagement and money problems. Click here for more.
VENTURE INTO DEGREES: Citrus County high school students already can take dual enrollment courses that count toward a college degree. Now the school district is exploring creation of an academy at its technical institute that would offer degrees itself.
FROM THE EDITORIAL PAGES: Citrus school officials need to reassert what constitutes proper behavior, in the wake of recent teen sexcapades that a bus driver watched but did not report, the editorial board says.
NOT TIGGER, TOO: Six students sue the Napa Valley, Calif., school district for its "unconstitutionally vague" dress code. One of the girls got in trouble for wearing socks with Tigger - Winnie the Pooh's friend - on them, the New York Times reports.
SODAS STILL SELLING: School districts are finding it hard to get sugary sodas out of their vending machines because of tight contracts (like ones most Tampa Bay area district have with Coke or Pepsi), despite promises by beverage companies to limit their sales, the Washington Post reports.
NO HYPOCRISY HERE: The superintendent of highly rated Fairfax, Va., schools stands firm against the culture of NCLB, even when facing the loss of millions in federal funding. Check out this Washington Post column about Jack Dale.