IT'S (NOT USUALLY) A MAN'S WORLD: Tony Mendina surprises lots of people when he tells them he's a kindergarten teacher at Denham Oaks Elementary in Pasco. (Times photo, Michele Miller)
DECEPTION ON THE BALLOT: A judge takes issue with the wording of Amendment 5, the "tax swap" that would change Florida education funding. That could lead to the measure being dropped from the ballot.
WHERE'S MY BUS? Hundreds of Hillsborough parents are deluging the school district trying to find out where their kids will catch the bus, having not received notification less than a week before classes begin.
NEW CHARTER FOR HERNANDO: A brand new charter school company called Mavericks in Education hopes to open its very first campus in Hernando.
COMMUNITY SEEKS UNITY: Westchase leaders, still smarting from a 2006 decision to split their kids into two elementary schools, are hoping to avoid another division when Steinbrenner High opens.
MOVING ON: Westchase Elementary principal Joyce Wieland gets promoted to the district level, leaving parents to hope for a leader who's as accessible as she has been.
CITY CHARTER SYSTEM TO GROW: Cape Coral approves the creation of a high school in its city-run charter system, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.
HEADED TO THE TOP: The question over the validity of Amendments 7 and 9, both relating to vouchers, will go straight to the Florida Supreme Court with the blessing of the appeals court, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
SHORT SUPPLY: The economy is making it tough for Manatee parents and teachers alike to purchase supplies for the classroom, the Bradenton Herald reports.
MORE TO THE JOB: Leon coaches learn that they must now deal with cyberbullying in addition to the rest of their duties, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.
NEW POLICY FOR STUDENT ARRESTS: The Manatee district and law enforcement agree to a quicker time frame for getting schools information about arrested students, the Herald-Tribune reports.