TOO SOON? Tampa Bay area high schools are starting to enroll ninth-graders in Advanced Placement classes. Some wonder whether the expectations being placed on all students are too high. (Times photo, Michael C. Weimar)
BOUNDARY TIME: Pasco plans public meetings to discuss attendance zones for two new schools that will open in the fall.
PRIDE IN PLANT HIGH: The Danceros have become one of Florida's top high school dance teams, and now they're doing it for one of the state's top football teams.
WHO'S TO BLAME? Some Hernando marketing students see their lives change as the economy tanks.
SURPRISE: The faculty and staff of Safety Harbor Montessori find checks for $10,000 inside their holiday stockings. An anonymous donor made the gift.
GUNS KILL: More Health brings has brought its lesson about guns to Pinellas students for nearly two decades.
RAISE TAXES: Florida lawmakers should increase revenue rather than just cutting key programs as it works to resolve the current budget crisis, the Times editorializes.
SO MANY SUBS: Districts along the Treasure Coast find they're inundated with applicants to substitute teach as unemployment rises, the Stuart News reports.
TIME TO GO: Manatee superintendent Roger Dearing retires to take over as head of the FHSAA, the Bradenton Herald reports.
PARENTS WILL PAY: Families who send their kids to a financially strapped Riveria Beach private school say they'll raise the money to keep it open, the Palm Beach Post reports.
CUTS HURT: Brevard superintendent Richard DiPatri goes on the road to talk about how "education is in real trouble," Florida Today reports. Volusia leaders also plan to hold community meetings to generate support for a push for increased education funding, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.
AROUND THE NATION: A California judge bars the state from requiring algebra for all eighth graders, the LA Times reports. While Harvard's endowment lost millions, its fund managers made millions, the NY Times reports.
Visit the Gradebook at noon for an interview with Land O'Lakes High senior Zach Witthoeft, who talks about staying focused as senior year slides away.