ASK THE COMPUTER: Hillsborough schools have plenty of seats for all the students. The seats just aren't always where the students attend. So the district has hired a consultant to help redraw the map.
TRUE OR FALSE? The Times evaluates some of the claims made by Pasco superintendent candidates Stephen Donaldson and Heather Fiorentino.
CLARK VS. CROCKETT: The race for Pinellas School Board District 1 has focused on style, but a debate turns up some differences on substance as well.
A WINNING IDEA: Presidents of the 12 SEC universities, including the University of Florida, decide to use athletics revenue to bolster academic programs, a smart move all around, the Times editorializes.
ESOL FIGHT CONTINUES: The Florida Department of Education considers changes to ESOL teacher training that could dilute the standards, something the state can ill afford, Miami Herald columnist Myriam Marquez writes.
READY FOR REFERENDUM: Collier officials face strong opposition to a proposal that would decrease the district's capital tax rate and transfer the amount to the operating fund, the Naples Daily News reports. With sidebar.
MORE MEALS: The demand for free and reduced-price lunches in Treasure Coast schools rises to unprecedented levels, and more kid are buying cafeteria meals as food prices skyrocket, the Vero Beach Press-Journal reports.
DREAM DELAYED: The economic downturn is forcing Floridians to rethink their college options, the Miami Herald reports.
'GREEN' DEGREES: Palm Beach Community College begins offering programs in alternative energies, the Palm Beach Post reports.
A SENSE OF LEARNING: A preschool in Manatee adopts a teaching philosophy, established in Italy, that emphasizes touch, movement, seeing, listening and hearing, the Bradenton Herald reports.
NEW MATH CONCERNS: The state's latest math requirements call for ninth-graders to be ready for algebra. But many won't be there, and Leon counselors are looking at how to help, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.