WHO'S THE BETTER TEACHER? You wouldn't necessarily be able to tell just by looking at the district salary schedule, years of experience and degrees held, a Times analysis of Hillsborough's merit payments suggests. (Times photo, Ken Helle)
TOO MANY ROOKIES: Seventy-Fourth Street Elementary in Pinellas, a school in restructuring, lands nine rookie teachers this year -- more than the principal would have liked. But most veteran teachers don't choose high-poverty schools, and the district does little to lure them there.
GETTING READY FOR THE REAL WORLD: Hernando boosts its career academies to give students more experiences for life after high school.
NEXT UP? Will it be insider Julie Janssen or outsider Nicholas Gledich? The Pinellas School Board will meet Tuesday to select one of its two remaining finalists for superintendent after first choice Alberto Carvalho declined to take the offer. You can read about Carvalho's first day as Miami-Dade superintendent in this Miami Herald story. And if you want more about the controversy over his alleged e-mails with a former Herald reporter, see this Miami Herald story.
STILL HOPING FOR A HOSPITAL: USF leaders plan to ask lawmakers to fund a diabetes hospital on the campus.
TALK ABOUT BUSING: Hillsborough district leaders and parents need to have a frank discussion about busing needs and the possible solutions to existing problems, the Times editorializes.
THEY'RE GETTING OLD: The faculties at southwest Florida's universities and colleges are aging, prompting them to seek a younger crew of educators, the Fort Myers News-Press reports. See a sidebar here.
NO FUTURE IN FLORIDA: School enrollments are dropping as families seek brighter economic future elsewhere, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
Visit the Gradebook at noon for an interview with Doug Tuthill, the new head the Florida School Choice Fund, a voucher provider.