RECOGNIZING EXCELLENCE: Even in a tight budget year, the Florida Legislature set $147-million aside for schools that performed well in the A-Plus plan. Now the schools that got a share must decide what to do with it, and that's not always easy.
LIFE AFTER COLLEGE: The economy takes its toll on job-seeking college graduates, as Tampa-area university and college career centers see the number of opportunities shrink. They're often competing with mid-life career changers, as the Herald-Tribune reports.
THE BUSINESS MODEL: Two candidates seeking Hernando's open School Board seat tout their work experience as they vie for votes.
STRESSED OUT: As families struggle financially, many schools see more students who need counseling to deal with the stress of home, Florida Today reports.
A BIG, YELLOW MOVING AD: Lee officials look into allowing ads on school buses to raise money, the Naples Daily News reports.
ON BEING SUPERINTENDENT: The district leaders make a lot of money, but they also have a lot of stress, reports the Naples Daily News, using Lee and Collier as examples. See also Jay Mathews' recent column on the exiting superintendent of Prince George's County, Md., schools.
ALL-TIME HIGH: Enrollment at each of southwest Florida's colleges and universities has reached record levels, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.
MCCAIN VS. OBAMA: The Daytona Beach News-Journal compares the two presidential candidates on education issues. They differ on how to deal with making college more affordable, the AP reports (via Gainesville Sun).
SEEKING PRESTIGE: Broward and Miami-Dade compete (again) for the $1-million Broad Prize for Urban Education, the Miami Herald reports.
BE MORE INCLUSIVE: A national gay and lesbian group visits Christian-oriented Palm Beach Atlantic University seeking more understanding for gay and lesbian students, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
AROUND THE NATION: A growing number of college campuses are banning smoking, USA Today reports. Even the nation's best schools are beginning to miss NCLB targets as the annual gain requirements increase, the NY Times reports.