SENDING THE WRONG MESSAGE: Lori A. Borick, a special ed teacher at River Ridge High in Pasco, is under investigation for "inappropriate" text messaging with a male student.
THE TIMES RECOMMENDS ... incumbent Pasco superintendent Heather Fiorentino for re-election. In part: "We think Fiorentino's experience makes her better suited to do the talking, but more important, to work at listening, as well." Read more here.
THE WRONG MESSAGE, PART 2: The Jackson School Board does not dismiss teacher Greg Howard, who referred to Barack Obama by the n-word, prompting a lawyer to demand that Gov. Crist strip the man of his credentials, the Buzz reports. More from the Tallahassee Democrat and the Panama City News-Herald.
NON-UNION NEWS: Non-bargaining employees in Collier get a 2 percent raise, while teachers and other union workers don't, the Naples Daily News reports.
LAST CHANCE: Wayman Academy of the Arts in Duval works to avoid being closed down, the Florida Times-Union reports.
HE'S OUTTA THERE: Collier's School Board attorney, who recently has come under fire, leaves the district, the Naples Daily News reports.
MAKING THE CASE: Alachua activist Mike Griffis urges voters, in an op-ed in the High Springs Herald, to back a local-option tax increase to support schools because the state is failing to hold up its part of the bargain.
SHOULD THE SCHOOLS BE OPEN? Some Palm Beach parents worry their kids won't be safe with so many voters visiting campus on Election Day, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
DO IT YOURSELF: Okaloosa closes its central kitchen to save money, telling individual schools to pick up the resulting slack, the Northwest Florida Daily News reports
A 'LOVELY GIFT': Philanthropist Adrienne Arsht gives the University of Miami $5-million, the Miami Herald reports.
AROUND THE NATION: Dallas fires 375 teachers, the Dallas Morning News reports. More families are struggling to pay college tuition, the NY Times reports. Families also might be stuck with the wrong investment options in their 529 college savings plans, the Wall Street Journal reports.