BEWARE CANNIBALISM: A new task force charged with establishing the path for Florida's community colleges to become four-year institutions talks about how to proceed without duplicating existing services.
HANG IN THERE: Hillsborough superintendent MaryEllen Elia accepts blame for all the miscues in student transportation this year, and pledges improvement as the district moves on to more bus changes.
ENROLLMENT DECLINES: Palm Beach and Martin are the latest districts to report decreases in student population, the Palm Beach Post reports. Lee expects to repay $8-million to the state because its numbers haven't met budgeted projections, the Fort Myers News-Press reports. Brevard school leaders worry that the poor economy won't help the district pick up the slack of 1,173 fewer students than expected, Florida Today reports.
HELPING STUDENTS WITH AUTISM: Parents are gathering for a statewide meeting to discuss how autistic children are treated in schools, the Port St. Lucie Tribune reports. The Easter Seals of Volusia and Flagler counties reports success with a new program for children with autism, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.
OUT THE DOOR: Miami-Dade superintendent Rudy Crew is likely to be dismissed next week, Miami Herald reporter Myriam Marquez writes in a column. Crew did not attend a budget workshop Thursday where he sent a recommendation to cut another 370 jobs, the Miami Herald reports.
NEW RULES FOR UF: University of Florida trustees adopt a new policy on free speech that was prompted by a Tasering at last year's John Kerry speech. They postpone a proposal that would have clamped down on student drinking, though, the Gainesville Sun reports.
PAY THE RENT: Manatee considers increasing room rental fees for before- and after-school programs, the Bradenton Herald reports.
HANDS-ON: Three Duval middle schools experiment with a new science curriculum that focuses on experience, not textbooks, the Florida Times-Union reports.