PLAYING AROUND: A group of Pinellas kids helps the city of St. Petersburg create a new playground in Childs Park, the philosophy being that unstructured play helps children learn to think. (Times photo, Kainaz Amaria)
BAIL US OUT, TOO: Demonstrating the hat-in-hand method isn't just for the auto and banking industries, the Broward School Board plans to adopt a resolution asking the federal government for a financial bailout, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
KEEP COLLEGE ACCESSIBLE: Florida leaders could find a way to keep the state's universities affordable, perhaps by reinstating the intangibles tax, Florida Today editorializes.
DO NOT PASS GO: A Gainesville mom ends up in jail for her daughter's excessive absences, the Gainesville Sun reports.
FCAT CHANGES GET MIXED REVIEW: Jacksonville-area educators say most of the cuts to the state accountability program matter little, and that saving the money is the most important thing, the Florida Times-Union reports. More from the Northwest Florida Daily News.
EVEN STRONG SCHOOLS CAN FAIL: No Child Left Behind frustrates Florida educators who see their students making gains, but not at the rate that the federal law requires, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
READING TOGETHER: Orange's education foundation puts together a tutoring program where adults help second-graders just by reading for fun, Orlando Sentinel columnist Mike Thomas writes.
YOU HAVE TO AGREE TO BE THERE: Manatee looks into opening its first full-choice, IB middle school, the Bradenton Herald reports.
DROWNING IN DEBT: A Brevard charter school might not even survive the rest of this year, Florida Today reports.
NEW INCOME STREAM: FAU leases out its unused airwaves, and plans to use the revenue to boost programs for struggling students, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
AND THE NEXT ED SECRETARY WILL BE ...: President-elect Obama faces dueling interest groups who have different ideas about what type of person should lead the federal Education department, the AP reports.