PRINCIPAL OUSTED: Maureen Thornton, principal of John Hopkins Middle in Pinellas, is abruptly and permanently removed from her post amid an "internal investigation" of which details aren't provided. (Times photo illustration)
ALLEGATIONS OF DISCRIMINATION: A Sarasota assistant superintendent who is black accuses his superintendent and other colleagues of consistently undermining his authority because of his race, the Herald-Tribune reports.
STILL NO DEAL: Lake County teachers may not see their current contract completed until next year, the Orlando Sentinel education blog reports. (Now that's becoming a familiar story across Florida, isn't it?)
GET OVER IT: Rather than fret over losing a summer FCAT retake, Florida should admit the test isn't working and move away from it, the Palm Beach Post editorializes.
NO BARRIERS: A first-grade class at Manatee's Bashaw Elementary is rated the nation's top inclusion elementary class by the AFT, the Bradenton Herald reports.
HARDER TO GET IN: UF becomes more selective in its admissions, leaving more teens feeling left out, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
CONTROVERSY IN THE OFFING: Alachua County school officials are considering whether to extend health insurance benefits to certified domestic partners, including same-sex couples, the Gainesville Sun reports.
SPEAK UP FOR EDUCATION: Florida educators say they need the help of business leaders and parents to drum home to lawmakers the need to adequately support public schools, the Miami Herald reports. Right now, the leaders say devastating cuts are on the way, the Florida Times-Union reports. As those cuts are made, Floridians need to remember they can't put children's education on hold, Orlando Sentinel columnist George Diaz writes.