PINELLAS PARENTS UPSET OVER PROPOSAL: The plan to close five schools and transfer thousands of children has many moms and dads up in arms. They intend to lobby for other alternatives for saving money. It's not an issue limited to Pinellas, though. Orange officials are considering whether to close eight schools, the Orlando Sentinel reports. (Times photo, Cherie Diez)
IMAGINE PLANS FOR RIVERVIEW: The charter school company brings its expansion plan to southeast Hillsborough.
QUALITY CONCERNS: Orange leaders worry that the quality of education will suffer if they have to make too many more financial cuts, the Winter Park/Maitland Observer reports.
TOP SUPERINTENDENT: Joe Joyner of St. Johns snags the 2009 Superintendent of the Year award, News4Jax.com reports.
FREE BOOKS: The nonprofit First Book debuts in Martin and St. Lucie counties, giving away thousands of books to middle school students, the Stuart News reports.
BE CIVIL: Students at a Broward elementary school where a 7-year-old with a knife robbed a classmate are getting special civility lessons, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
GOVERNMENT VS. GOVERNMENT: Each strapped for resources, the Sarasota School Board and the city of North Port are battling over fees, the Herald-Tribune reports.
FORGET ABOUT IT: Talk of splitting the FSU-FAMU engineering school is over, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.
STILL SEEKING RAISES: Despite being denied raises, Leon teachers continue to ask for some type of added compensation, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.
WHERE IN THE WORLD IS CASTELL BRYANT? The former FAMU head has been named an interim VP at Bethune-Cookman, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.
AROUND THE NATION: Montgomery County (Md.) teachers give up their 5 percent raises to help balance the budget, the Washington Post reports. A Pennsylvania company sells perfumes and colognes associated with the aromas of specific colleges, NPR reports.