THREATS BOMB: Students who make bomb threats in Hillsborough schools face expulsion, which officials say has helped reduce the number of such hoaxes from 138 seven years ago to three this year.
TOO BIG, TOO CROWDED: Explorer K-8 has become a model for Hernando leaders of what not to do when it comes to planning and building new schools. (Times photo, Ron Thompson)
TEACHING THE 'E-WORD': Science teachers in the Treasure Coast prepare their evolution lessons to fit with Florida's new standards, the Stuart News reports.
FCAT CUTS: The state's move to eliminate summer FCAT retakes shows a lack of commitment to helping kids, Miami Herald columnist Myriam Marquez writes.
SIN TAXES: They're politically easy, but with Florida's cigarette, alcohol and parimutuel sales down too, it's a tough call to say whether such taxes could help fund education and other state services, Orlando Sentinel columnist Aaron Deslatte writes.
MORE HOMELESS STUDENTS: Lee and Collier schools see huge increases in the number of homeless students that need special services, the Naples Daily News reports.
COLLEGE COSTS: Florida students are looking for less expensive college options as the economy sinks, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
PRE-K STANDARDS: Florida set few curriculum guides in creating its voter-mandated program, leaving centers and schools to fend for themselves, Florida Today reports.