HERNANDO'S TOP TEACHER: Rick Ahrens, an agri-science teacher at Hernando High, wins the county's annual teacher of the year honor. (Times photo, Ron Thompson)
INVESTIGATING TEACHERS: A year after Hernando shut down its office of professional standards, it seeks to clarify roles in the investigation and discipline of problem teachers.
CELL TOWER QUESTIONS: The fight to stop cell phone towers at Hillsborough schools makes baby steps into Pasco, where the district plans a tower at John Long Middle School.
CHALLENGE THE GIFTED: Pinellas is taking a long-needed step by opening three gifted centers in the fall, the Times editorializes.
LITTLE IMPROVEMENT: Miami-Dade's "school improvement zone" project for struggling schools generated limited gains, the Miami Herald reports.
CHARTERS SUFFER TOO: When the economy shrinks, Florida's charter schools don't get a free pass, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.
PASTORS WILL PRAY FOR STUDENTS: A group of Santa Rosa ministers will have a Christian baccalaureate service for graduating high school seniors after the courts tell the school district it cannot sponsor such events, the Pensacola News-Journal reports. More from the Northwest Florida Daily News.
COMPROMISE CONTRACT: Volusia teachers and administration negotiate a deal that avoids layoffs and pay cuts, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.
JACKSONVILLE'S POTENTIAL 'IDOL': A Duval music teacher competes to appear on American Idol, the Florida Times-Union reports.
AROUND THE NATION: Aetna will pay $5 million to thousands of college students from across the country who were shortchanged in insurance reimbursements, the AP reports. California's community college system is financially strapped as enrollment soars, the LA Times reports. The number of parents being penalized for their children's truancy skyrockets in Dallas, the Dallas Morning News reports.