JANSSEN GETS THE NOD: Spurned by its first choice, the Pinellas School Board unanimously picks interim superintendent Julie Janssen to lead the district in what some consider a surprise vote. The Times editorializes that the board made the right choice.
BOARD WEIGHS IN ON BUSING: Hillsborough School Board members offer superintendent MaryEllen Elia ideas on how to fix the district's busing problems.
TOUGHER SCHOOL, HIGHER PAY: Senate Education chairman Don Gaetz likes that idea, and he's crafting legislation to promote differential pay.
TOP OF THE CLASS: Basic training set to music (Wiregrass Ranch High); Mary Giella Elementary School students learn about election process; Communications department captures events for TV, web (Hernando schools); History lesson served with a side of corn (Brooksville Elementary)
LEARNING TO GOVERN: The Collier School Board gets a lesson in leadership as it tries to keep the district's accreditation, the Naples Daily News reports.
CHANGE FOR AUTISTIC STUDENTS? State lawmakers suggest they will propose legislation to improve the way children with autism are treated in public schools, the Port St. Lucie Tribune reports.
NO FIELD TRIPS: Orange and Seminole schools cancel travel plans as diesel fuel remains in short supply after Hurricane Ike, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
HEALTHY COMPETITION: Charter schools are good for Florida because they give parents education choices, James Madison Institute president J. Stanley Marshall writes in an op-ed for the Herald-Tribune.
TOO FAST: The Miami-Dade School Board moved too quickly in choosing a new superintendent, Miami Herald columnist Myriam Marquez writes.
STAYING ALIVE: Broward officials scale back their legislative priorities to match the tough economic times, the Miami Herald reports.
STICK AROUND: FAU gives president Frank Brogan a six-year contract extension, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
EARLY DEPARTURE: Columbia superintendent Grady Markham, ousted in his re-election bid, resigns two months before his term expires, the Gainesville Sun reports.
PEEVED PARENTS: Three Sarasota schools lock down moments before dismissal, leaving parents waiting for their kids without information why, the Herald-Tribune reports.
FIRST PAY CUTS, NOW THIS: Manatee proposes higher employee rates for health insurance to cover a growing deficit, the Bradenton Herald reports.