Today's education news: Florida Prepaid, cell phones on buses, college admissions and more
TAPPING INTO FLORIDA PREPAID: Some Florida lawmakers look into borrowing some of the money in the Florida Prepaid program's accounts to help offset the state's deficits. Program leaders say it's not the state's money to borrow.
OLD FRIENDS: For a decade, the three boys attending Academy of the Lakes in Pasco have been inseparable. Now graduating, it's time for them to go their separate ways.
LAST-MINUTE ADVICE: Escambia students get some final thoughts on how to steel themselves for the FCAT exam, the Pensacola News-Journal reports.
SEEKING A RULE CHANGE: A Collier family wants the school district to change the way it deals with students who have chronic illnesses, the Naples Daily News reports.
NOT A FALLBACK ANYMORE: Florida Atlantic University sees its applications rise to the point where it's turning hopefuls away, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
STAY OFF THE PHONE: The Florida Board of Education is looking into banning cell phone use by school bus drivers, the Herald-Tribune reports.
ON SLASHING SPORTS: Cutting funds for school sports will make kids feel less a part of their school, Northwest Florida Daily News columnist Wendy Victora writes. • Perhaps booster clubs should become the primary source of revenue for school athletics, the Panama City News-Herald editorializes.
RECONSIDERING FCAT: Finances and a new philosophy on education has Florida looking at the FCAT exam in a new light, Florida Today reports.
AROUND THE NATION: Oregon schools consider shortening the school year to save money, the LA Times reports. • Forty states deny in-state tuition to illegal immigrants, often pushing them away from higher education, the NY Times reports.