BUDGET MANEUVERS: Some key Florida lawmakers signal their willingness to give school districts more flexibility in how they spend their budgets as Pasco superintendent Heather Fiorentino makes the rounds to promote the concept. The Florida School Boards Association also supports the idea, and has sent recommendations to local districts on how they might use such flexibility if it's approved, the Orlando Sentinel reports. [Image from cambrianhouse.com]
GETTING BETTER: Months after complaining, Hernando parents see improved school services for their children with special needs.
NEW RULES: After a year of expensive legal rulings, Florida Gulf Coast University begins rewriting its anti-harassment and non-discrimination policies, the Naples Daily News reports.
'THEY CARE': Duval families talk about why they don't want the district to close three elementary schools, the Florida Times-Union reports.
HELPING HAND: A Manatee nonprofit group distributes school supplies to needy families as demand grows, the Bradenton Herald reports.
COMING OUT: Teens are publicly announcing they're gay earlier than ever, leaving Broward to look for ways to help students who have questions about their sexuality, the Sun-Sentinel reports.