AN ALTERNATIVE THAT WORKS? Pasco County has had seven charter schools - four have long waiting lists and strong student performance, the other three have closed down. Sort of like the accountability mavens have been pushing for in all public schools. For the latest on the failed Deerwood Academy, click here.
ON ITS WAY: FAMU has taken great strides to restore its programs, finances, leadership and reputation. President James Ammons says there's still more work to be done. For another view, see this Tallahassee Democrat story on FAMU. (AP photo)
NOT LIKE THE OLYMPICS: Florida's students and schools shouldn't be striving to be great just for one supreme event (the FCAT), but rather for long-term success in the real world, the Palm Beach Post editorializes.
SHORT-TERM GAINS: Studies turn up a new round of concern that Florida's use of the FCAT to retain third-graders is not having a positive long-term effect on the students, the Miami Herald reports.
DEJA VU: Lee school leaders are getting too accustomed to getting the news from Tallahassee that they have to cut a few million dollars more in spending, the Naples Daily News reports.
MED SCHOOL WOES: Florida Atlantic University's medical school loses a key partner as one of the hospitals that guaranteed residencies for students pulls out of the deal, the Palm Beach Post reports.
NO FRAUD, BUT ... An Okaloosa charter school is criticized by the state for its "cavalier attitude" in complying with FCAT rules, the Northwest Florida Daily News reports.