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Money_fight BUDGET BATTLE LOOMS: As they reduce spending by $1-billion, the Florida House and Senate have different philosophies. The House wants to target cuts, while the Senate is looking at doing things across the board. Education, one of the largest budget pieces, is on the line. The Florida Times-Union offers mini Q&A's with four key education committee lawmakers. The Palm Beach Post, meanwhile, urges in an editorial that the pending cuts cause the least pain, and that teacher performance pay should go first.

Five Hernando schools have exceeded their enrollment projections, putting a potential kink in plans to redraw attendance zones.

LEAVE OUR MAGNETS ALONE: Crowding might make new attendance zones necessary in Hernando, but it shouldn't force the School Board to dismantle successful and popular magnet programs, mom Nancy Rose writes in an op-ed piece.

UNUSED TUTORING: No Child Left Behind says kids in failing schools can get extra help if they want it. In Palm Beach County, more than 33,000 qualified. But only 5,216 took advantage, the Palm Beach Post reports.

WHO RENTS SCHOOL SPACE MOST? It's not the Scouts. And the PTA doesn't pay. It's churches. And that's OK, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.

WELCOME TO CAMPUS. HERE'S THE NEAREST EXIT: Universities across the nation are adding security recommendations to their freshman orientation programs, in the wake of last spring's Virginia Tech massacre, the LA Times reports.

CONTROL THAT CELL PHONE: Setting sensible and enforceable rules over how kids use their phones in school isn't so easy, the Seattle Times reports.

DISTRICT DEMANDS UNIFORMS, PROVIDES THEM: A New Jersey school district counts student uniforms as part of the package for excellent achievement, so it's buying them for about half of its students, who are too poor to afford them, the NY Times reports. The multimillion-dollar expense has its share of critics, of course.

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