LET THE SQUEEZE BEGIN: Collier and Lee begin preparing for the worst as lawmakers head to Tallahassee to cut the budget, the Naples Daily News reports. Panhandle area superintendents worry that lawmakers won't be able to shield public education from the worst, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.
AT LEAST IT'S NOT 4 PERCENT: Florida higher education leaders worry the cuts will be painful, but note they could be worse, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.
SEEKING 'SMART' CUTS: Gov. Charlie Crist says he'll try to limit the pain with "smart" cuts. Lawmakers agree, with some saying they'll look into letting schools use money for construction projects to cover operating expenses, the Palm Beach Post reports.
FISCAL TROUBLE: As if the current state budget weren't problematic enough, eight Florida districts including Miami-Dade are on a watch list for having what the DOE considers too small reserves, the Miami Herald reports.
SLOPPY PERFORMANCE: An audit reveals Lake to have shoddy record keeping and to have allowed visitors near children without proper background checks, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
AROUND THE NATION: Some teachers find a world of students beyond their classrooms as they post lessons on an education Web site, the Dallas Morning News reports. Schools throughout the Southwest gravitate toward mariachi music, the AP reports. A class of upset California high school students aim to recall their entire school board, the L.A. Times reports. Obama's education reform plans may have to wait as he deals with the economy first, NPR reports.