Florida education news: Stimulus funds, national standards, end of school and more
WHERE ARE THEY NOW? Four years ago, reporter Ron Matus chronicled the lives of four Northeast High freshmen as they made their way through ninth grade. Checking back at graduation time, only one of them made it through to get a diploma. (Times photo, Lara Cerri)
TRY, TRY AGAIN: Trollis Williams didn't qualify for graduation after his first attempt at senior year, but instead of seeking a GED he enrolled for a second stab at twelfth grade at Hernando High. Tonight he graduates. Hernando's four high schools are preparing for big crowds and hoping for clear skies for the events.
SETTING THE STANDARD: Wiregrass Ranch High graduates its first ever class of seniors.
THE BEST IS YET TO COME: Graduation brings excitement to many seniors, but just relief that high school is over to others. Things get better, columnist Michele Miller advises.
NATIONAL STANDARDS: Forty-six states including Florida plan to work together to create a joint set of standards for what kids need to learn in school, the Washington Post reports.
CAN'T TOUCH THIS: Florida school districts are seeing that much of the federal stimulus money they're getting comes with strings, and they can't use it on general operations, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
BRANDING FOR LESS: Universities including UF are finding creative ways to market themselves when they have fewer dollars to pay for it, Advertising Age reports.
KIDS AREN'T THE ONLY ONES LEAVING: The end of the year means major staff turnovers in Manatee, the Bradenton Herald reports.