THE BIGGEST CUT: Public education takes the biggest hit -- $500-million -- in the Florida Legislature's budget balancing plan. That includes a reduction of about $140 per student.
WAIT AND SEE: Hillsborough families hoping for school reassignments through the choice program still have to see how new attendance boundaries will affect them.
HE REALLY WANTS IT: Hernando superintendent Wayne Alexander expresses no reluctance in seeking a new post leading a Massachusetts district -- unlike comments he has made to his current bosses here.
THEY CAN'T AFFORD IT: Rising numbers of parents in Florida and elsewhere pull their kids out of private schools or ask for more aid as the economy continues to slide, the AP reports.
MAKE YOURSELF AT HOME: FAU's library will remove restrictions on food and drink, going so far as to add a Dunkin' Donuts much as USF has a Starbucks inside its library, the Palm Beach Post reports. (Image from photo-illustra.com)
DRUGS ARE BAD, 'MKAY: Lee schools launch a social marketing effort to focus on students who make good choices rather than bad ones about drugs, alcohol and sex, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.
NEW LEADER BRINGS HOPE: Palm Beach brings in a new principal for JFK Middle in Riveria Beach, hoping to turn around years of unacceptably low academic performance, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
BLOCK SCHEDULE ON CHOPPING BLOCK: Sarasota officials say block scheduling costs too much to implement, not too long after touting it as key to academic improvement, the Herald-Tribune reports.
FINDING A WAY: Education centers in northwest Florida survive the economy by changing the way they do business, the Northwest Florida Daily News reports.
AROUND THE NATION: New York considers whether to approve a Hebrew-centric charter school in Brooklyn about two years after protests erupted over an Arabic school in the city, the N.Y. Times reports. California leaders worry that budget cuts will kill the state's efforts to improve schools, L.A. Times columnist George Skelton reports. Experts -- from professors to students -- offer advice to the incoming U.S. education secretary in the Washington Post.