GETTING READY FOR THE FIRST DAY: About 40 four- and five-year-olds get the hang of kindergarten by attending a week-long camp at Seven Oaks Elementary in Wesley Chapel. (Times photo, Mike Pease)
MAKING IT IN THE MIDDLE: The transition to middle school can be tough for kids and parents alike. Some Hillsborough educators say parent involvement is key to success.
TAXPAYERS WIN, STUDENTS LOSE: The Hernando School Board approves a lower tax rate that members say will ultimately hurt education. They have little choice, though, as lawmakers - not the board - establish the rate.
MEAL PRICES UP: Pasco schools create a two-tiered cafeteria pricing structure to offset the rising cost of food.
HOMELESS (FOR NOW): The Renaissance Academy, a private school in New Port Richey, doesn't have a building with three weeks before classes start. The principal says school will begin on time.
THE RIGHT MESSAGE: Hillsborough district officials did the right thing in pledging to keep open Middleton High in the face of NCLB sanctions. Parents also have to do their part, though, the Times editorializes.
CASE CLOSED: A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit accusing the Palm Beach school district of failing to provide students with a high-quality education, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
UNDERMINED: Florida International University's integrity is damaged with its hiring of former House speaker Marco Rubio as a visiting professor, the Orlando Sentinel editorializes.
FRACAS IN MIAMI: The Miami-Dade School Board meeting turns into a political battle over the fate of superintendent Rudy Crew, the Miami Herald reports.
DISCIPLINE QUESTIONED: Parents are questioning the fairness of Manatee's discipline policies after learning one teen who was arrested on felony charges was allowed to remain at school, the Bradenton Herald reports.
BUDGET ROUNDUP: Miami-Dade narrowly approves a budget that doesn't include money for raises, the Miami Herald reports. After lengthy public hearings, the Orange School Board sticks to its plan to change starting times to save money, the Orlando Sentinel reports.