TAKING A HARD LINE: Pasco superintendent Heather Fiorentino aggressively pursues getting rid of teachers she doesn't think belong in the classroom.
IT'S NOT EASY BEING GREEN: Only half of Hillsborough schools recycle paper, and just two dozen recycle ink cartridges. District leaders want better results.
SLIPPERY SLOPE? Early learning advocates in Duval worry that the state's cuts to prekindergarten programs would hurt families that need the program most, the Florida Times-Union reports.
UNPOPULAR CHOICES: Central Florida school officials prepare for another round of budget cuts that are likely to affect students and classrooms, the Orlando Sentinel reports. Walton leaders take a look at the same difficult choices, the Northwest Florida Daily News reports. Gov. Charlie Crist is hoping to rely on a federal government package to get schools and other services out of their predicament, the Sentinel reports.
TEXTBOOK SAVVY: Students at Florida's universities find ways to buy textbooks on the cheap, and now the state is mandating that their schools help, the Palm Beach Post reports.
TOO MANY SUBS: Lee schools have so many substitute teachers that the district can't use them all, the Naples Daily News reports.
NO NEW TEACHERS: Treasure Coast school districts seek to use class-size reduction funds to pay for operating expenses rather than lower the student-teacher ratio, the Stuart News reports.
DON'T MESS WITH GIFTED PARENTS: Collier feels the force of angry parents who weren't informed that the district was going to change their children's gifted program, the Naples Daily News reports.
ABOUT THAT GRANT: Florida lawmakers are reluctant to cut the Florida Resident Access Grant to students who attend in-state private universities, even as Gov. Charlie Crist talks about slashing it, the Herald-Tribune reports.
UNION PUSH: The United Faculty of Florida tries to make inroads into Tallahassee Community College, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.