LEAVE BRIGHT FUTURES BE: A newly released poll shows Floridians don't want the Bright Futures scholarship programs sacrificed at the altar of budget cutting.
PICKING A NEW CHANCELLOR: The Board of Governors picks a Dallas search firm to help find a new leader for Florida's university system.
HELP ON THE WAY? Florida's public schools could get $1.96-billion over two years from a proposed federal economic stimulus package.
MUSICAL CHAIRS: Hillsborough announces proposed high school boundary changes that would move more than 4,000 students.
FIND SOMETHING ELSE TO CUT: Top Florida lawmakers say Gov. Crist must suggest additional budget cuts if he vetoes reductions in their budget amendments, the AP reports. Crist has said he might not support reductions in bonuses to National Board certified teachers, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.
PASS THE FCAT INSTEAD: Anyone old enough to still be trying to pass the HSCT - last used nearly a decade ago - now will have to take the FCAT as the State Board dumps the older high school exit exam, the Miami Herald reports.
NONE OF THE SCENARIOS LOOK GOOD: Lee schools consider layoffs, the Naples Daily News reports. The University of North Florida looks at axing academic programs, the Florida Times-Union reports. Orange considers slashing its elementary magnet program, the Orlando Sentinel reports. Brevard leaders say school closings, layoffs and the end of some sports programs could result from budget cuts, Florida Today reports.
NEW FIELD OF STUDY: CORRUPTION: Florida Atlantic University opens a new Public Ethics Academy in the wake of several South Florida political scandals, the Palm Beach Post reports.
SEEING THE SCHOOL NURSE: A growing number of children rely on their school nurse for health care as the ranks of Florida's uninsured grows, the High Springs Herald reports.