DON'T MESS WITH THE BULL: Five southeast Hillsborough teens got the idea to steal Bloomingdale High's 400-pound bronze bull statue after watching a show about school pranks on MTV. Now they've been arrested, like many of the kids who get bright ideas from that show.
PAY ERRORS UNCOVERED: A wage audit reveals that 43 Pasco school employees were either overpaid or underpaid, some for as long as 22 years. Now district officials have to figure out what to do about it. Some of the employees who have been asked to repay the district aren't too thrilled.
TIME FOR CHANGE: The Hernando school district prepares for a year of attendance zone revisions, principal reassignments and more.
WHY DID USF QUIT? If charter schools are to remain a viable part of Florida education, education commissioner Eric J. Smith needs to get to the bottom of why USF gave up its efforts to run one, the Times editorializes.
LEARNING, LIVING SPECIAL ED: Cheryl Salyer, who's studying at USF to become a special education teacher, is overcoming her disability to get there.
BACK TO SCHOOL: For the Times back-to-school coverage, click here for Hernando stories, here for Pinellas and here for Pasco. Or find them all on our Education page. The stories are listed in the news coverage. You'll be able to tell. They have headlines like "New faces include principals."
RETIREMENT? HATED IT: Lee superintendent James Browder retired for a month to secure his pension, because he had entered the state's early retirement system. Now he's back on the job and glad of it, the Naples Daily News reports.
TOUTING THE 65 PERCENT SOLUTION: A national group focuses its attention on Florida in its effort to revive the idea that states should require 65 percent of all education funding go into the classroom, the AP reports.
FIND ANOTHER WAY TO HAVE THAT BABY: Miami-Dade College cancels its midwifery program because not enough students paid their tuition in advance, the Miami Herald reports.
DRESS NICE, OR ELSE: A Texas school tells kids if they don't follow the dress code, they'll have to wear prison-style jump suits, the AP reports.
Visit the Gradebook at noon today with an interview with Chris Christoff, principal of Crews Lake Middle in Pasco, who talks about the ups and downs of opening a brand new school.