FIND A NEW WAY HOME: St. Lucie plans to cancel after-school bus rides home for athletes to compensate for rising diesel prices, the Port St. Lucie Tribune reports.
SPEAK FREELY: Florida Gulf Coast University rewrites its student code of conduct to clarify students' First Amendment rights, the Naples Daily News reports.
ON THE RISE: Montclair Elementary in Escambia is one of just five Florida schools to jump from an F to an A in this years grading results, the Pensacola News-Journal reports.
DEFEAT AMENDMENT 5: All the hard-fought gains that Florida's schools have made could quickly vanish if the funding dries up, as Amendment 5 could cause, Florida Today editorializes.
COPS PROTEST: About 40 Miami-Dade school police officers protest proposed cuts to their department outside a School Board member's home, the Miami Herald reports.
FAMU EMPLOYEES CELEBRATE BETTER DAYS: "We knew it could be better," Phyllis Watson, now FAMU's assistant vice president of administrative and financial services, tells the Tallahassee Democrat.
KIDS NEED HELP, NOT TESTS: Randi Weingarten, the American Federation of Teachers incoming president, calls for a new role for public schools that involves less testing and more community involvement, the NY Times reports. Denver Public Schools seeks to get parents to participate in their kids' education at least 30 minutes daily, the Rocky Mountain News reports.