THEY TAKE IT BACK: Four Pinellas School Board members who had endorsed a white paper calling for more decentralized management remove their names from the list of official supporters.
KEEP THE PROFS: The Board of Governors approves a 2009-10 budget request that sets retaining professors as a top priority. The system has been experiencing a "brain drain" amid struggling finances.
WHO'S TEACHING THE KIDS: Pasco schools hired 351 new teachers this year, fewer than last year but still ahead of most other Florida districts.
IMPROVE, OR ELSE: Collier's School Board faces a loss of accreditation if it can't get its governance act together, the Naples Daily News reports.
THEY REALLY WANT A QUORUM: The Collier board talks about asking Gov. Crist to temporarily suspend an ailing board member and appoint a stand-in until the incumbent is well, the Naples Daily News reports.
BUT HAVE YOU READ THE BOOK? Jeb Bush's Foundation for Florida's Future is releasing a free DVD about the FCAT and the state's education accountability program, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.
BUSING ALL AROUND: Marion schools find a cheap way to give bus rides to kids who live less than 2 miles from school, the Ocala Star-Banner reports.
NOT HIGH STANDARDS: A would-be teacher complains in this op-ed piece that the hoops she must jump through to become an educator are only a "high pile of standards," making it difficult to achieve her goal.
HEAD START: The College Board plans to unveil an 8th-grade PSAT in 2010, to help schools identify college-bound kids earlier. Critics, as they do, complain it would be too much added pressure too soon, the LA Times reports.