GET READY TO MOVE: The Pinellas School Board takes the first step toward closing five elementary schools and rezoning thousands of students. That's becoming a more widely considered option across Florida to save money, including in Bay County, as the Panama City News Herald reports.
ALAFIA PRINCIPAL STEPS DOWN: The embattled elementary school leader requests a transfer, which superintendent MaryEllen Elia grants, effective next semester.
ALL ABOUT RAISES: Hernando teachers and staff will get about 2.4 percent in one of the few settled contracts throughout Florida. In St. Lucie, for instance, the board has offered no raise and no step increase in exchange for no layoffs, the Stuart News reports. And at FAU, the faculty is up in arms because while it couldn't negotiate raises, some select staffers got pay bumps, the Palm Beach Post reports. Santa Rosa schools, meanwhile, prepare to cut more than 100 teaching jobs, the Pensacola News Journal reports.
BAIL US OUT: St. Lucie joins the call for the feds to put billions into local schools, the Stuart News reports. Broward adopts a similar resolution, the Sun-Sentinel reports. Polk, meanwhile, is already applying to Obama's education team for a proposed new education grant, the Lakeland Ledger reports.
MORE F'S: The state's new high school grading system could triple the number of F schools across Florida, the Miami Herald reports.
DON'T FORGET THE NEIGHBORHOOD: Plans to revamp a Manatee middle school into an IB magnet has local families upset that their children will be left out of the school, the Herald-Tribune reports. More from the Bradenton Herald.
WHAT TO DO WITH DRUG BUST SUSPECTS? The University of North Florida bans them, a practice that has drawn some complaints and pleas for mercy, the Florida Times-Union reports.
SUCH A DEAL: Lee gives superintendent Jim Browder a new contract that includes a $342,000 severance package if he leaves for any reason, the Naples Daily News reports.
CHANGES FOR BRIGHT FUTURES COMING: "Bright Futures is a very nice program," Senate higher education chairman Steve Oelrich told the Gainesville Sun. "But in these days and times, we can't afford it anymore."
IT'S SO CUTE: Baby animals reduce stress during tests at Lynn University, the Palm Beach Post reports.
NEVER MIND: Orange reverses its unpopular schedule changes, which it had implemented to save money, the Orlando Sentinel reports.