LOOKING BACK: Hernando experienced big changes during 2008, including an administrative reshuffling and a major attendance boundary rezoning. (Times photo of parents waiting to see Explorer K-8, Lance Aram Rothstein)
WASTING MONEY AND LOSING CONFIDENCE: Florida's higher education governance system isn't working, Eckerd College president Donald Eastman III writes in the Times.
BILINGUAL UNIVERSITY: Ana G. Mendez University, based in Puerto Rico, thrives and grows in Miramar and Orlando, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
A DAILY WALK: Manatee School for the Arts gets a head start on next year's requirement that all middle schoolers get 30 minutes of daily physical activity by having all students walk, the Bradenton Herald reports.
NO MORE EMPTY PROMISES: Gov. Crist should work to undo the gutting of support for National Board certification, as he said he would, Florida Today editorializes.
ON THE WATCH LIST: The Florida DOE includes three Panhandle districts -- Franklin, Jefferson and Taylor -- among eight on its "financial distress" list, the Tallahassee Democrat reports. (That means they have woefully low reserves.)
ESOL TRAINING: The fight continues over the number of hours Florida teachers must be trained to teach students who are still learning English, the Miami Herald reports.
NO PASS, NO WALK: Seminole no longer will allow high school seniors who don't have enough credits to graduate to participate in commencement, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
NOT MUCH LIKE THE MILITARY: Returning veterans try to adjust to college life in central Florida, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
83 AND STILL KICKING: FAMU professor Walter Mercer says he still has work to do after 47 years on the faculty, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.
Visit the Gradebook at noon for an interview with Peter Boulware, the newest member of the Florida State Board of Education.