BACK TO SCHOOL: Pinellas students finally make it to classes, after a day's Fay delay. Curtis Fundamental kicked off the year in a new building. Many prekindergarten students entered the world of schooling, too. (Photo of Hadleigh Pagano headed to her Curtis Fundamental kindergarten class by Douglas R. Clifford)
NO DEAL: Hillsborough Community College ends its negotiations with controversial developer Greg Neal. The Times editorializes that it should not have taken three years and a newspaper report to prod HCC officials to look more closely at Neal's plans and claims.
SAVIOR IN HOT WATER: James Ammons came to FAMU from North Carolina to revive the struggling institution. He left behind a scandal that's now brewing to the surface.
NO FREE RIDES: Manatee considers a policy that could reduce or eliminate bus rides for after-school events, the Bradenton Herald reports.
WHAT DID HE DO? Ponce de Leon High ex-principal David Davis has been slapped by a federal judge for his anti-gay biases, yet many in the community still stand by him, the Northwest Florida Daily News reports. "We are a small, rural district in the Bible Belt with strong Christian beliefs and feel like homosexuality is wrong," superintendent Steve Griffin told the paper.
PROTECT FLORIDA'S SCHOOLS: The Legislature needs to enact meaningful tax reform - not political gimmickry - to make it happen, the Tallahassee Democrat editorializes.
TEACHERS IN BLACK: Broward educators start the school year dressed in black to protest their lack of a contract, the Miami Herald reports.
BEST, SMALLEST FRESHMAN CLASS: FSU boasts a group of incoming students with a higher SAT average score than ever before, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.
ONE MORE YEAR: Immokalee sixth graders stay in their elementary schools for another year, as their middle schools don't have the space to accommodate them, the Naples Daily News reports.
MORE DISSENSION IN DADE: Miami-Dade superintendent Rudy Crew angers School Board members by refusing to attend a budget workshop or to send any of his staff, the Miami Herald reports.
AROUND THE NATION: The debate over whether to lower the drinking age to 18 continues, with university leaders taking an active role, the Washington Post reports. Many college students are accepting a midyear admission at their top choice school rather than settling for a university that will take them in the fall, the LA Times reports. Some profs are trying to fight against the rising cost of textbooks by providing their own content free online, the LA Times reports.