HANGING DRYWALL INSTEAD OF HANGING OUT: A group of teens who once seemed on their way toward dropping out find success - and a GED - in a home building apprenticeship program. (Times photo, Carrie Pratt)
RAISES FOR UF FACULTY: Hoping to stem the school's "brain drain" of talented educators, UF president Bernie Machen announces that he plans to offer $11-million in pay raises despite tough economic times.
ONE MORE SEMESTER: St. Petersburg College agrees to keep its Midtown campus open for another semester, but will limit the course offerings there.
KNOCK IT DOWN: The owner of the historic Gary school in Ybor City now wants to raze it rather than preserve it, after the roof has collapsed.
NO CHARGES: A Gibbs High teacher won't face criminal charges over accusations that he had inappropriate relationships with some students. He has resigned from the district.
DON'T FORCE IT: Schools need to worry more about educating kids and less about whether they stand for the Pledge of Allegiance, the Times editorializes.
SUPERINTENDENT SHOWDOWN: Miami-Dade board members appear headed toward a vote on whether to fire superintendent Rudy Crew, the Miami Herald reports.
SUE YOU: Volusia's superintendent sues the local teacher union chief over comments she says were defamatory, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.
NO REST: Nursing and medical technology students in Lee's High Tech Center keep taking classes all summer long. Their skills would dull otherwise, teachers say. Plus, they won't have months off each year in the real world, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.
NO ROOM: Florida Atlantic University could fill an entire dorm with the students on its waiting list for campus housing, the Palm Beach Post reports.
BUDGET ROUNDUP: Monroe plans a budget that would spend less and cut taxes. One board member says it's not enough, the Florida Keys Keynoter reports. St. Lucie schools won't charge kids more for lunch despite rising food prices, the Port St. Lucie Tribune reports.
Visit the Gradebook at noon for an interview with FSBA executive director Wayne Blanton, who talks about the Pinellas superintendent search.