CHARTER CONVERSION? St. Pete Beach city officials mull turning Gulf Beaches Elementary, which Pinellas plans to close, into a charter school.
PLAYING FOR THE PREZ: The Citrus High concert band will perform in an inaugural music festival. Northeast High's band also will play there. (Times photo, Will Vragovic)
BETTER THAN THE STREETS: Manatee explores opening an alternative school for kids who have been suspended, the Bradenton Herald reports.
ASK AND YE SHALL RECEIVE: Congress proposes billions to help financially struggling schools, the bailout that south Florida education leaders wanted, the Miami Herald reports.
BROGAN DELAYS HIS RAISE: Florida Atlantic University president Frank Brogan won't take his 10 percent pay hike, for now, the Palm Beach Post reports.
HELPING HAND: Florida Gulf Coast University students serve as mentors for a Lee County middle school as part of a course in civic activism, the Naples Daily News reports.
TOO EXPENSIVE: The Archdiocese of Miami plans to close several of its schools, the Miami Herald reports.
BUDGET ROUNDUP: Clay works to eliminate more than 100 jobs without layoffs, Clay Today reports. Leon reviews a list of possible cuts such as layoffs and schedule changes, the Tallahassee Democrat reports. Lake's education foundation struggles to attract donations, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
A BAD IDEA? When school districts from Florida to California cut student busing to save money, they put kids' safety at risk, CNN reports.
GOOD MOVE: The decision not to appeal the decision ruling the Florida Schools of Excellence Commission unconstitutional allows Florida to get back to the "real work" of improving public schools, the Palm Beach Post editorializes.
DO NOT PASS GO: A Flagler teacher gets seven years in prison for having sex with a student, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.
ANOTHER HIGH-PROFILE DEPARTURE: The University of West Florida loses its top fund raiser to the University of Wisconsin system, the Pensacola News-Journal reports.
Visit the Gradebook at noon for an interview with Pinellas School Board chairwoman Peggy O'Shea.