CHECKING IT OUT: Hillsborough superintendent MaryEllen Elia will send an assessment team to Alafia Elementary to see if parents' complaints about principal Ellyn Smith hold water. (This is similar to what Elia did for Carrollwood Elementary in 2006.)
POPULAR PLANT: Plant High in South Tampa got too crowded because so many parents want to send their kids there. Now the school district might make some unhappy as it considers new boundaries for the school. (Times photo, Daniel Wallace)
BE FAIR: Hernando superintendent Wayne Alexander urges schools to consider teachers who left when doling out state recognition funds.
CLOSURE THREATENED: Five chronically failing South Florida schools face shutdown if they don't improve, the Miami Herald reports.
TEACHING ABOUT GAY MARRIAGE: If you wondered how Amendment 2 might tie into education, its proponents have found a way. They say schools might have to teach kids that gay marriage is the same as a traditional union if the amendment passes, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.
HONORING MIGRANTS: The DOE recognizes migrants who have found success through education, the Naples Daily News reports.
THINK SMALL, TALL: Polk Community College plans compact (as opposed to sprawling) satellite campuses for the future, the Lakeland Ledger reports.
NOT GUILTY PLEA: Three FAMU students say they didn't hack into a federal computer to change grades, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.
SUCH A DEAL: Pensacola Junior College offers Alabama students a tuition break -- just $1.05 more than in-state students pay, the Pensacola News-Journal reports.
AROUND THE NATION: The College Board introduces a test to see if eighth-graders are ready for high school, the NY Times reports. Schools needing teachers are looking overseas to fill the jobs, USA Today reports. Virginia aims to improve its high school graduation rate, the Washington Post reports.