PLEASE COME BACK: Hernando wants to lure back homeschoolers as a way to boost its budget.
EDUCATION KEY IN HOUSE RACE: The candidates for House District 55 - Darryl Rouson (left) and Charles McKenzie - spar over Amendment 5 and the way education in Florida will be funded.
NASTY CAMPAIGN: Folks watching the race for Hillsborough School Board District 1 between Susan Valdes and Dave Schmidt are getting tired of the candidates' political bickering.
MOON LAKE'S NEW PRINCIPAL: Cara Allen didn't expect to be tapped to run the school, but she accepts the opportunity as a challenge to push her career to the next level.
GOING GREEN: St. Petersburg College develops a course in "sustainability" with the goal of creating a complete curriculum on the environmentally friendly subject.
ENDORSEMENTS: The Times editorial board recommends Grant Smith, Nina Hayden, Ken Peluso and Robin Wikle for Pinellas School Board.
STOP THE AMENDMENTS: The Florida Education Association files an appeal to keep Amendments 7 and 9 off the November ballot, the Palm Beach Post reports.
UNFAIR PRACTICES? The Manatee teachers union files an unfair labor practices complaint against the School Board and superintendent, claiming the district failed to bargain in good faith, the Bradenton Herald reports.
HOLDING STEADY: Private schools along the Treasure Coast don't expect a banner year, but they're not feeling totally squeezed by tough economic times either, the Vero Beach Press-Journal reports.
CREW TO REMAIN: Despite a recent failed effort to fire him, Miami-Dade superintendent Rudy Crew (right) vows to stay with the district, the Miami Herald reports. ''Like me or don't like me is not the question,'' Crew told teachers at a gathering. ''Love these children and understand how to manifest that, that is the question.''
A RAISE AND A BONUS: Unlike most other state universities, Florida Gulf Coast will increase employee pay across the board and give everyone a $1,000 bonus, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.
AROUND THE NATION: An appeals court rules that California parents may homeschool their kids without a teaching certificate, the LA Times reports. Prince William County (Va.) schools implement computerized courses to help kids graduate without hiring more teachers, the Washington Post reports.
Visit the Gradebook at noon for an interview with Joseph Aguerrebere, president of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.