WORKING WITH THE VISUALLY IMPAIRED: After 26 years, Pasco teacher Andrea Schleicher still loves her job helping students with vision problems to succeed in the mainstream classroom. (Times photo, Jeffrey S. Solochek)
STILL NO INFORMATION: Pinellas district officials remain mum on the reasons behind the removal of John Hopkins Middle's principal.
BLEAK BUDGET LOOKS EVEN WORSE: Pinellas officials get word that their expected $39-million deficit now is likely to come in closer to $48-million.
PC'S OUT TO PASTURE: Hernando will sell more than 1,400 outdated computers for scrap. It's now leasing the computers it needs.
NO GIRLS ALLOWED? The Suncoast Christian Conference declares Largo Westside Christian School's recent JV boys basketball game a forfeit because 13-year-old Aliyah Farley played on the team. The school backs her participation.
VANDALIZED: Hudson High, Hudson Middle and Northwest Elementary in Pasco get the spray paint treatment overnight Thursday. Still no arrests.
FIGHTING THE FORMULAIC: Florida education officials say many teachers are teaching writing as a "fill in the blank" type exercise rather than as a way to express yourself, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
ON DEFENSE: Collier officials find themselves explaining -- and explaining -- their rationale behind eliminating zero grades in elementary schools, the Naples Daily News reports.
FOCUS ON SUCCESS: North Nicholas High School in Lee does without sports and extracurriculars to keep students centered on graduation, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.
GREEN DESIGN: Students at Miami-Dade's Design and Architecture Senior High create environmentally friendly fashions, the Miami Herald reports.
THE CUT STAYS: A hearing officer supports Manatee's 1 percent pay cut for teachers, the Herald-Tribune reports. Could be a precedent in the making here over district authority relating to "financial urgency."
WARMING TO MERIT PAY: A growing number of Escambia teachers participate in the bonus program, the Pensacola News-Journal reports.
Visit the Gradebook at noon for an interview with Joseph Joyner, Florida's 2009 Superintendent of the Year.