CHARTER SCHOOL BAILOUT: The Hillsborough school district decides to take over a struggling charter schools for at-risk students.
PROGRAM PROTECTED: Hillsborough plans to expand rather than cut its after-school programs for kids. The only change is that it will charge families for the service.
LOCAL BUDGETS: Pinellas tentatively approves its $1.47-billion budget, which includes a 4 percent tax hike. Pasco moves ahead with its $1.2-billion budget, which calls for its tax rate to remain the same.
NO NEW DRESS CODE: Hernando drops plans for a stricter K-12 dress code amid complaints from parents.
HISTORY COMES ALIVE: Students from Stetson Law and USF-St. Petersburg tour civil rights hot spots during a week-long trek through the deep South.
TUTORING SUCCESS: Broward finally sees its federally funded tutoring programs working after years of mismanagement, the Miami Herald reports.
CREW FIGHTS BACK: Miami-Dade superintendent Rudy Crew, under fire from some board members, blasts his critics as politically motivated, the Miami Herald reports.
NCLB PILOT BEGINS: The Florida Department of Education announces the launch of its new "differentiated accountability" program that will change the way it deals with schools that haven't made adequate yearly progress, the AP reports. Two Palm Beach schools face potential closure under the plan, the Palm Beach Post reports. So does one in Broward, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
BUDGET ROUNDUP: Leon residents don't show up for the district's budget hearing, despite all the plans to cut, the Tallahassee Democrat reports. Florida Atlantic University mulls increasing its tuition by 6 percent for non-resident graduate students, the Palm Beach Post reports. Broward approves a budget with deep cuts, the Miami Herald reports. UF faculty members begin filing grievances over cuts and changes made at the university, the Gainesville Sun reports. Sarasota leaders say they've been able to avoid big cuts, but not for long, the Herald-Tribune reports.