PLAYGROUND FOR ALL: Grady Elementary in Palma Ceia gets play equipment that accommodates children with disabilities, too. (Times photo, Lara Cerri)
CHARTER RUNS INTO TROUBLE: Hernando officials gave Mavericks in Education extra time to answer questions about its charter application. The revised proposal still fell short of the district review panel's expectations.
HILLSBOROROUGH ENROLLMENT DOWN: The nation's eighth-largest district has lost about 900 students, marking its second year of declines. Santa Rosa is down by 600 kids, too, the Pensacola News-Journal reports.
PREPAID STILL POPULAR: Enrollment in Florida's early college payment plan has remained steady despite the national financial crisis, the Pensacola News-Journal reports.
REORGANIZATION IN THE WORKS: FSU leaders discuss such ideas as merging colleges to save more money, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.
3 PERCENT RAISES: Lee's new contract looks to be the most generous in Florida, even as the district lays off employees and cuts back programs, the Fort Myers News-Press reports. Lake, meanwhile, remains among the many districts to not have settled yet, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
DIVIDED OVER SEX ED: Volusia puts together a diverse group to determine what content should be included in its sex ed curriculum, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.
NO MORE DRAMA: The Ben Gamla charter school in Broward, which caused a national stir over its Hebrew curriculum, is operating like a normal school now, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
THE CANDIDATES ARRIVE: Manatee interviews its first finalist for superintendent, the Bradenton Herald reports. The Herald-Tribune provides some info on the next one.
46 MONTHS: That's how long former FAMU employee Patricia Walker McGill will spend in prison for theft of federal funds, the AP reports.
AROUND THE NATION: As the nation's finances sink, many folks in finance are looking to become teachers, USA Today reports. A growing group of New Yorkers chooses not to formally educate their preschoolers, the NY Times reports. Three evolution critics will sit on the panel reviewing Texas' science standards, the Dallas Morning News reports.