THEN AGAIN, MAYBE NOT: Gov. Crist backs away from the idea of an increased cigarette tax, but some GOP lawmakers remain in favor of it and other ways to increase revenue for services such as education. (Times photo illustration)
BUDGET SOLUTIONS: Hillsborough leaders talk about scaling back summer school, changing employee work schedules and a variety of cost-saving measures as it faces another round of revenue cuts from the state.
CELEBRATING DIFFERENCES: Zephyrhills High aims to embrace its diversity as the student population broadens.
ALL ABOUT FAMILY: New River Elementary leaders use Thanksgiving to create traditions and a sense of community for the two-year-old school.
NOW DO MORE: Pinellas took some nifty bureaucratic steps to improve its high school graduation rate. Now it should use the same ingenuity to improve academic programs that get teens to their diploma, the Times editorializes.
TOP OF THE CLASS: FLBA students learn the business of running a government (Hernando Central High); Kids' imagination runs wild when it comes to Thanksgiving recipes (Hernando Eastside Elementary); World of Knowledge preschoolers get cooking skills, thrills; Scientist helps Sanderlin fifth-graders better understand biology and the environment
NO FAT LEFT: Treasure Coast school district leaders say they're likely to look at cutting people and programs if expected budget cuts come to pass, the Stuart News reports.
THEY NEED IT: Manatee and Sarasota high schools restart driver's education courses, using money from traffic tickets to cover the cost, the Herald-Tribune reports.
WHO ARE YOU? Broward considers requiring all middle and high school students to wear ID badges, the Miami Herald reports.
SUSPENDED: UF's Tau Epsilon Phi fraternity is suspended for hazing, the Gainesville Sun reports.