A TUBA COSTS HOW MUCH? The Pasco County School Board is poised to approve contracts for up to $1.3-million in new band instruments. But with most of the purchases slated to equip new schools, the amount won't be enough to meet the demand from existing schools to improve and expand their music programs.
MAKE GOOD GRADES, GET FREE RAYS TICKETS: More than 300,000 Bay-area kids could get passes to a Devil Rays game next season, if they do well enough in school. The MLB team is expanding its Rays the Grades program to include Pinellas, Hillsborough and Pasco county kindergarten through eighth-grade students.
STALLED OVER STAR: The state's controversial STAR peformance pay plan has led Miami-Dade's teacher union to declare it can't reach a contract agreement with the School Board. The Miami Herald reports that the issue has caused rifts in several other counties, too.
GO WITH THE FLOW: A Delray Beach charter high school principal has found a creative way to help her students, mostly minority and many non-English speakers, get more comfortable with English: Poetry. The Sun-Sentinel describes the unique program started by principal Diane Allerdyce, also the president elect of the National Association for Poetry Therapy.
JUST LOOK IN THE MIRROR: Florida students get them. So do kids in several other states. But Arkansas' new governor says measuring children's body fat and sending home the "fat report cards" has unintended negative consequences and is angling to stop the program, or at least scale it back significantly, the Associated Press reports.