Charter schools: Three students from a Broward County graphic arts school take top place in a design competition. Sun Sentinel. A Polk County charter school for children with special needs gets a new leader. The Ledger.
Virtual schools: Florida Virtual School now offers classes for adults in photography, social media and parenting skills. Bradenton Herald.
School choice: Lee County district schools makes some changes to the student assignment lottery. Naples Daily News.
Awards: President Obama names a Brevard County elementary teacher as a recipient of the prestigious Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. Florida Today.
Common Core: A primer on the education standards, which the state Board of Education addresses today, is offered by The Tampa Tribune. Manatee County teachers face the new standards. Bradenton Herald.
Book review: A Brevard County textbook committee tasked with reviewing a controversial world history textbook finds many concerns unfounded, but approves of a supplement created by district social studies teachers. Florida Today.
Bright futures: Proposed legislation would allow students to fulfill the required community service by volunteering on political campaigns. Naples Daily News.
MLK Day: The Gradebook asks if schools should hold class on the day the civil rights leader is honored, instead of giving students time off.