Florida education news: GED's, locker room supervision, school supplies and more
A DIPLOMA'S VALUE: Florida eliminates the GED exit option for high school students. Some educators cry foul, but commissioner Eric J. Smith says the move is about fairness.
SUPERVISION REQUIRED: Tampa's Walker Middle changes its locker room rules in the wake of a recent student rape there. Meanwhile, attention turns to the nine student witnesses who apparently never reported the rapes until directly questioned.
AVOID THE FLU: The CDC issues new guidelines for schools to help them prevent a swine flu outbreak without closing.
GOING PUBLIC: Lee private schools see a dip in students as the economy pinches families, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.
MORE AND MORE STUDENTS: State College of Florida Manatee-Sarasota logs its largest enrollment gains ever as displaced workers seek new training, the Bradenton Herald reports.
BUT THEY CAN'T ALL AFFORD IT: Brevard Community College sees the number of financial aid applications rise by thousands, Florida Today reports.
HEY, KID. NEED SOME CRAYONS? St. Lucie organizations have collected plenty of school supply donations. The hard part is finding families to take them, the Port St. Lucie Tribune reports.
SEEKING FUTURE LEADERS: Hundreds of teens head to Orlando for a conference on issues affecting Florida youth, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.
Visit the Gradebook at noon for an interview with Hillsborough Classroom Teachers Association president Jean Clements.