THANKS FOR THE HELP: Turns out House Speaker Ray Sansom has steered millions in projects to Northwest Florida State College, where he now has a new job.
FUND RAISING WOES: PTA groups across the Tampa Bay region find the tough economy makes it hard to raise money for schools.
ANOTHER WAY TO GRADUATE: Thousands of Florida seniors who couldn't pass the FCAT still get their diplomas by taking the ACT or SAT. Some kids just need more motivation, which schools provide with graduation coaches, the Sun-Sentinel reports (via Palm Beach Post).
NO CLEAR SOLUTION: High schools around the country, including Florida, don't have a simple way to deal with student-athlete doping, the NY Times reports.
TAPPING RESERVES: Broward and Miami-Dade turn to their reserve accounts to make up shortfalls in their budgets, the Miami Herald reports.
NEVER MIND, SANTA CAN COME: The president of Florida Gulf Coast University reverses his ban on holiday cheer, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.
SO WHAT IF THE TRUSTEES LIKE HIM? Florida Atlantic University faculty members give president Frank Brogan low marks, the Palm Beach Post reports.
BAN DOESN'T MATTER: A new study suggests that school bans on soda sales don't limit students' consumption of the drinks, the HealthDay News reports (via Washington Post).
A SACRED COW NO MORE? Florida lawmakers say they'll take a close look at the costs associated with the Bright Futures scholarship, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.
GET THAT GED: The City of Cocoa aims a GED program at its poorest neighborhood, Florida Today reports.