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Education news and notes from Tampa Bay and Florida

Today's education news: College enrollment, merit pay, Internet access and more



Cheat_test_phone CELL PHONE CRACKDOWN: Pasco considers tougher restrictions on cell phone use in schools as part of its code of conduct revamp.

MONEY STARTS FLOWING: The federal spending package begins to arrive in Florida for schools and other agencies. For some, the rules on how to use the cash remain unclear.

TOUGH CHOICES: Increasing costs and decreasing aid force many Florida high school students to reconsider their college options, the Naples Daily News reports.

FREE CREDIT SURE HELPS: A growing percentage of Lee high school students use Florida's dual enrollment program to earn college credit for free before they graduate, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.

BUT THERE'S A FLY IN THE OINTMENT: Surging enrollment paired with budget cuts has some Florida community colleges thinking about ending open enrollment, the Sun-Sentinel reports.

WHAT'S IN A NAME? Lots of money, when it comes to what you call a property tax in Florida. And that could affect funding for schools and other key services, the Palm Beach Post reports.

FORECLOSURES HURT: Florida's slumping real estate market has taken its toll on public education, USA Today reports.

WATCH OUT ON MERIT PAY: President Obama should heed Florida's failed efforts on performance pay for teachers when setting his education agenda, the Sun-Sentinel editorializes.

EDUCATION MATTERS: Citi comes to Miami-Dade to help coordinate programs working on college readiness, the theory being that business sputters without a strong education to support it, the Miami Herald reports.

HELP GETTING ONLINE: Sarasota gives free computers and Internet access to needy families, the Herald-Tribune reports.

RETHINKING SEX ED: Some Manatee teens wonder if expanded sex education proposals would make much difference in their peers' actions, the Bradenton Herald reports.

TURN OFF THAT LIGHT: Santa Rosa looks at energy efficiency efforts to save money, the Pensacola News-Journal reports.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 10:17am]


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