LEARNING LANGUAGES: Preschools across the Tampa Bay area teach children a second language to help them with their cognitive skills. (Times photo, Gen Yamaguchi)
NO PINK SLIPS: Pasco begins transferring teachers to cope with enrollments that didn't meet projections. The rumor that folks are getting laid off isn't correct.
NAME THAT SCHOOL: The Griffin family of east Hillsborough is petitioning to have the area's new high school named after its patriarch. The district is seeking nominations before making a decision.
PEACE DELAYED: A Hillsborough charter school with a peace education curriculum puts off its opening as only six students enroll.
TEACHER CRIME BLOTTER: Pinellas elementary school teacher Alyson Perry-Jarvis is arrested, accused of having a two-year sexual relationship with teenager (not her student).
MORE CHALLENGES: An Indian River magnet school adds more enrichment programs for high-achieving students who seek more demanding lessons, the Vero Beach Press-Journal reports.
DIPATRI TO RETIRE: Brevard's respected superintendent of eight years plans to call it a career in 2009, Florida Today reports. Interesting factoid: No other sitting Florida appointed superintendent has been in his or her current position longer.
CRIME DOWN: Putnam schools report a 41 percent decrease in on-campus crimes, the Palatka Daily News reports.
NEW RULES: UF trustees approve an updated student code of conduct, which includes a ban on campus keg parties and an updated definition of sexual consent, the Gainesville Sun reports.
HEALTH PLAN APPROVED: The Manatee board unanimously approves a huge spike in health insurance premiums over teacher objections, the Bradenton Herald reports.
FINANCIAL CRUNCH HITS HOME: Palm Beach might have to postpone three new schools because of Wall Street's woes, the Palm Beach Post reports.
OOPS: About 11,000 Broward district employees are overpaid, the Miami Herald reports.