Welcome to The Gradebook, the St. Petersburg Times' new blog about education in the Tampa Bay region and Florida. Each morning, you'll find the daily news - reports from the Times and selected other papers about schools, education and the politics and policies behind them. Check back throughout the day for periodic updates of the day's news and discussions about education trends and issues. We plan to have leaders in the field - superintendents, school board members, legislators and so forth - participate in question and answer sessions from time to time. We'll look into some of the key legislation that will effect schools. And we'll try to answer your questions, tapping on the experts we talk to daily. You even can have the latest posts delivered to you with an RSS feed, so you'll know as soon as we do. We look forward to our conversation with you about the experimental, nation-leading world of Florida education.