ELECTION NEWS: In Pinellas, Janet Clark and Nina Hayden win School Board seats with the Wikle-Peluso race too close to call. In Hillsborough, incumbent Carol Kurdell heads for a fifth term on the board. In Pasco, incumbent superintendent Heather Fiorentino wins re-election. In Hernando, James Yant claims the vacant School Board seat. And voters reject Amendment 8 (end of story).
HERNANDO REJECTS CHARTER: Mavericks in Education loses its bid to open a school for dropouts in Spring Hill. The company, which is trying to open schools in about a dozen Florida counties, plans to appeal the decision to the state.
STRAWBERRIES AREN'T THAT BAD: As people argue over whether to name a new high school after the fruit, they should remember that strawberries are part of east Hillsborough's heritage, columnist Sue Carlton writes. Plus, if Tarpon Springs can have the Spongers, why can't the Ruskin area be the Berries?
TOP OF THE CLASS: Academies let high-schoolers choose a major (Hernando schools); It's not politics as usual for student council leaders (Pasco Chasco Elementary); Survey rates Eckerd's tech-savvy campus No. 7
VOTERS OKAY LOCAL TAXES: Voters in Collier approve moving some of the district's capital outlay tax rate into general operations to help cover expected shortfalls, the Naples Daily News reports. Alachua voters back a property tax increase to support schools there, the Gainesville Sun reports.
PROMOTED ANYWAY: Polk places about 60 percent of third-graders who failed the FCAT into the fourth grade, the Lakeland Ledger reports.
NO NEW SCHOOLS: The state recommends against Broward adding new schools and classrooms in view of its declining enrollment, the Miami Herald reports.
READING DOGS: Panhandle communities use canine companions to create a relaxed environment for kids to learn to read, the Pensacola News-Journal reports.