JUST LIKE THE LOTTERY? Former governor Bob Graham and some state lawmakers question whether Gov. Charlie Crist's plans to let state universities raise tuition to cover lost tax revenue is the first step toward further reducing state support for the schools. Administrators at the smaller schools, such as Florida Gulf Coast, praise Crist's idea, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.
SANSOM'S NEW JOB: Turns out Florida's new House speaker helped Northwest Florida State College raise big bucks for a leadership institute just before snagging a VP spot at the school. More from the Northwest Florida Daily News (Sansom's hometown paper).
ANGER AT ALAFIA: More than 150 Alafia Elementary parents attend a gripe fest with the superintendent about the principal who they don't like but the superintendent won't remove. Best quote: "You're going to give her a life coach? In the real world, we don't get a life coach. We get fired," said Marcos Santiago, father of a kindergartner.
MOVE ON: Though its football season is marred by suspension, Hernando Nature Coast High should look forward to next year rather than dwell on appeals, columnist Dan DeWitt writes.
KEEP IT SECULAR: Hillsborough's calendar committee did the right thing by recommending a school year without days off for religious holidays, the Times editorializes.
$2-BILLION DEFICIT: That's billion with a B. And it's the hefty shortfall Florida will be grappling with, according to new revenue estimates due out today, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
UNDER THE SEA: A MAST Academy teacher in Miami-Dade teaches lessons from 63 feet below the ocean surface, the Miami Herald reports.
THE CAPS REMAIN THE SAME: Florida's State University System will retain its limits on freshman enrollment, but will consider exemptions, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.
BAD JUDGMENT: An internal investigation reveals the St. Lucie teacher who let her kindergarten class vote a student "off the island" wasn't being malicious but did exhibit bad judgment, the Port St. Lucie News reports. Really.
LITTLE THINGS MATTER: Florida schools find significant savings by cutting back on supplies, turning up the thermostats and cutting the engines on idling buses, the Herald-Tribune reports.
BONUS TIME: The bad economy meant higher than expected enrollment for Daytona State College, which generated enough money to pay employees $1,000 bonuses, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.