STUDENTS PAY THE PRICE: A group of East Bay High IB students studying the presidential election get penalized for attending Obama and McCain rallies during school hours, as the district rules the field trips were not official school business. (Times photo, Melissa Lyttle)
LONGER HOURS, SAME PAY: Pinellas middle school teachers complain that a schedule change, aimed in part at saving millions, is wearing them down.
SMALLER RAISE OFFERED: But that's okay with Hernando teachers, who don't want to see anyone laid off just so others can make more money.
ALL IN THE WORDING: Pasco schools have seen a decrease in dropouts. But the Republicans get it wrong in an ad supporting superintendent Heather Fiorentino's reelection when they claim that the district's dropout rate has declined by 37 percent.
A STUDY IN CONTRAST: Nina Hayden and Sean O'Flannery have some real differences in their views as they compete for Pinellas School Board District 2.
TOP OF THE CLASS: Sixth-grade project is a real head turner (Hernando Fox Chapel Middle); Teens, youngsters care about election (Hernando Central High); 25 educators making a difference (Pinellas schools); Exceptional students find their niche (Pasco Wesley Chapel High)
LONG-DISTANCE LESSONS: A Fort Myers woman teaches Latin lessons to high school students in Connecticut from her Florida condo, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.
STUDENTS RALLY FOR AMENDMENT 8: They say their community colleges need more funding to deal with difficult economic times, the Miami Herald reports.
BUSING THE VOTE: Palm Beach joins Broward in taking voting-age students by bus to early voting stations, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
DOWN TO BUSINESS: Manatee's new superintendent, Tim McGonegal, begins visiting schools to get to know the academic side of the district. A finance guy, he's never taught a class, the Bradenton Herald reports.
ECONOMY HITS PRIVATE SCHOOLS: Most see increases in the numbers of families requesting financial aid, and several see their enrollment shrink, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.
AROUND THE NATION: California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger tells educators to prepare for immediate deep cuts to the school system - perhaps as much as $4-billion - in order to deal with the state's huge deficit, the LA Times reports. The US Department of Education issues new NCLB rules aimed at improving graduation rates, the Washington Post reports.