ALARM BELLS: The state's chief economist warns that there's only likely to be enough money in the budget for the next two years to maintain basic critical needs, such as schools.
NEVER TOO LATE: Maria Romero made some wrong choices in her life, including dropping out of high school. But now the Pasco mom has completed her GED and hopes to become a social worker to help teens avoid the problems she faced.
FEWER OFFICERS: Hernando reduces the number of resource officers serving schools, but not by as much as originally expected.
KEEPING ITS OPTIONS OPEN: The Athenian Academy of Pasco seeks to become the first existing charter school to tie itself to the Florida Schools of Excellence Commission rather than its local school board.
LEAVE IT ALONE: Don't touch the legal drinking age as several university presidents have suggested, the Times editorializes.
PAY ATTENTION: Driving instructors find there's no easy way to get all teens to listen to what they're teaching, the Florida Times-Union reports.
FINISH UP, ALREADY: The University of Florida threatens to toss out students who don't graduate in a timely manner, the Gainesville Sun reports.
IT'S NOT OVER: Bolstered by her success in Florida, activist Debbie Johnston plans to push for a national antibullying law, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.
COSTLY DEPARTMENT: The legal work for the Palm Beach school district puts a big dent in the budget, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
PAY UP: The Lake School Board considers charging all clubs and organizations to use schools when classes aren't in session, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
LEAVE THE PB&J AT HOME: Several Manatee schools ban peanuts because of allergies, the Bradenton Herald reports.
AROUND THE NATION: Some California high schools are working harder to make the transition into ninth grade easier, the LA Times reports. College professors begin putting their own textbooks online -- free -- for their students, the NY Times reports.