Florida working to make high school matter, Sen.-elect Anitere Flores writes
Florida high school graduation rates might be rising. But that doesn't mean that all diploma holders are ready for college.
State Sen.-elect Anitere Flores, a Miami Republican who sits on the National Assessment Governing Board, writes in a piece for the Sun-Sentinel that state and national efforts are afoot to make the "13th grade" unnecessary:
"It's an open secret that as our economy becomes increasingly technology driven, an ill-prepared high school graduate is woefully disadvantaged.
During the next decade, nearly nine out of 10 jobs in Florida will require education beyond a high-school diploma. Yet of every 100 students in our state, just 76 will graduate from high school, 51 will attend college, and only 32 will earn a bachelor's degree within six years, according to a report from The Florida Council of 100 and the Florida Chamber of Commerce.
Simply put, Florida faces a projected talent gap that most certainly will endanger our place in the global economy. Without an educated work force, jobs will go elsewhere.
We must urgently do a better job of preparing our children for their futures."
Something to think about as high school grades are released tomorrow.