FINDING ANOTHER WAY: Pinellas boosts its graduation rate by helping more kids on the fringes succeed through alternate paths such as taking the ACT instead of the FCAT and completing a GED rather than high school credits.
DON'T UNDERESTIMATE TEACHERS: The role that educators at Lealman Intermediate play show just how important and influential teachers can be, columnist Ernest Hooper writes.
RHODES SCHOLARS: Florida State's Myron Rolle is among the 32 Rhodes Scholars for 2009. See the full list of recipients. Even the NY Times covers this, noting Rolle is the first major college football player of his generation to win such an honor.
A GOOD FIRST STEP: Gov. Crist's plan to let universities raise tuition is a positive move to help the schools fix their funding woes, but lawmakers should ensure they don't just use the income to replace state support, the Times editorializes. Miami Herald columnist Fred Grimm, by contrast, sees the tuition proposal as cynical at best.
LOOKING AT NEXT YEAR'S CUTS: While still steeped in the current year's revenue slashing, Manatee officials begin pondering what to cut next year, the Bradenton Herald reports. Duval leaders look at a new high school schedule that would save millions -- and reduce graduation requirements, the Florida Times-Union reports.
ROSENBERG REPORTS: The outgoing chancellor of Florida's university system talks with the Miami Herald about the system's health and its future.
A SPECIAL DANCE: A Broward high school holds a homecoming dance for students with special needs, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
REORG IN LAKE: New Lake superintendent Susan Moxley quickly moves to revamp the administration left by her predecessor, the Orlando Sentinel reports.