HOLD ON TIGHT: Retiring Hernando School Board member Jim Malcolm warns the rest of the board to pull back the reins on the superintendent, who he said is overreaching his authority.
AN INSPIRATION: Georgina Rivera-Singletary grew up a migrant farm worker. Now she's pursuing her doctorate, working as assistant principal at Pasco High, and Florida's 2008 Migrant Success Story of the Year.
SEEKING THEIR OWN PATH: An entrepreneurial spirit blooms at the University of South Florida.
BACK OFF: Competing unfunded mandates from Tallahassee have forced Pinellas into a middle school time crunch that has both sides grumbling. It's time for lawmakers to take a closer look at what they're doing to schools, the Times editorializes. Miami Herald columnist Fred Grimm also writes about the need to focus attention on lawmakers' treatment of education.
NO HOMEWORK: A private high school in Coconut Grove decides the arts, athletics and extracurriculars are more important, so it doesn't send school work home, the Miami Herald reports.
NO ZEROES: Collier implements a new grading system for elementary schools, in which students can't earn less than a 50 on their work, the Naples Daily News reports.
STRIKE UP THE BAND: The marching band of Manatee Southeast High takes to the streets hoping to raise money to support the cash-strapped program, the Herald-Tribune reports.
AN UNCOMFORTABLE POSITION: All the focus on the Klan leader-inspired school name in Duval creates what some consider an image problem for Jacksonville, the Florida Times-Union reports.
MAKING A DIFFERENCE? Brevard's single-gender classroom experiment yields mixed results when it comes to students' FCAT performance, Florida Today reports.