THE RISING PRICE OF PROGRESS: Pinellas, like many other Florida districts, increases the cost of obtaining a GED. For many low-income adults seeking to get ahead, the $20 hike is a lot. (Times photo, Willie J. Allen Jr.)
SOME SHOW AND TELL: A Clearwater kindergartner brings his grandparents' gun to school to show his friends. No one was hurt. Policy dictates that the 6-year-old be recommended for expulsion.
LEAVE NCLB BEHIND: The national education "reform" effort undermines childhood and destroys some kids' self-esteem, Hillsborough mom Susan Green writes in an op-ed piece.
MENTORS IN THE HIGH SCHOOLS: That's just one idea Jill Biden, wife of Democrat VP hopeful Joe Biden, talks about in an education discussion with the Florida Times-Union.
STILL FIGHTING OVER RAISES: Polk teachers and the administration reach impasse over contract talks, the Lakeland Ledger reports.
'10% FOR ONE, 10% FOR ALL': That's the new slogan for FAU profs, who want the same percentage raise that campus president Frank Brogan got, the Palm Beach Post reports.
IS ANYBODY LISTENING? Outgoing Lake superintendent Anna Cowin offers up some new ideas to save money, much to the annoyance of the School Board that wants her gone, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
Visit the Gradebook at noon for an interview with Jennifer Baggerly, USF assistant professor of counselor education, who recently studied the effects of hurricanes on FCAT performance.