PLASTIC IN THE PACIFIC: Palm Harbor University High science teacher Linda Whitaker spent her summer in California learning about marine life - and pollution - to teach her students. (Photo special to the Times)
WORK REMAINS: The Hernando district might have earned an A from the state, but there's still much to do to improve the performance of the lowest achieving students.
A LEG UP: The Collier school district, the local education foundation and the University of Florida team up to help teachers in Immokalee schools get their master's degrees, the Naples Daily News reports.
THE COST OF ACCOUNTABILITY: Escambia educators say the price tag for federally mandated school improvements must be covered locally, a pricey proposition, the Pensacola News-Journal reports.
MISLEADING THE VOTERS? The three education-related constitutional amendments facing review in the Supreme Court this week are not the right answer for Florida, the Tallahassee Democrat editorializes. Meanwhile, Andrew J. Coulson of the Cato Institute argues in an Orlando Sentinel op-ed piece that the voters deserve a voice in these issues.
KEEP THE KIDS IN SCHOOL: Palm Beach considers establishing a permanent alternative to suspension after finding success in a pilot program, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
GIVE IT BACK: The Lake School Board is demanding a review of pay practices that appear to have overpaid several assistant principals, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
SAVE OUR SPORTS: Seminole schools are scrambling for revenue sources to keep middle school athletics alive, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
WE'D LOVE TO, BUT ... Polk teachers request their step increases plus a little extra for teachers at the top of the scale. District officials say there's no money for it, the Lakeland Ledger reports.
WHERE DO FSU'S WAITLISTED STUDENTS GO? To Tallahassee Community College, which has logged in its highest enrollment numbers ever, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.
AROUND THE NATION: College students are getting a dose of politics as soon as they arrive on campus, the Christian Science Monitor reports. A Denver elementary school encourages kids to get up and move around - they call it "brain breaks" - every 20 minutes or so to keep them from becoming disengaged, the Rocky Mountain News reports. A struggling Los Angeles community adds sixth grade to its K-5 elementary to help youngsters stay on track in school, the LA Times reports.