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