A 'major opportunity'
Now that the school year is one-fourth complete, the state Department of Education wants to make sure that Florida's high school freshmen really understand they need to complete a four-course major field of study by the time they graduate.
To help, the DOE has put out a new 9-page guide to graduation. It includes all the information about majors, credits, grade-point averages and the other topics kids and their parents need to know to make it successfully through four years and across the stage. The guide also offers key questions to consider when choosing a graduation program. And it has references to other sites for more details, too.
Apparently, though, there's already been some confusion on the majors front. So the department also has issued a memo to districts to clear things up. The question arose of whether students with disabilities, who are seeking a special (rather than regular) diploma, must complete the four-credit major. That's a negative, commissioner Jeanine Blomberg writes. But while there's no requirement, she notes, school districts "are encouraged" to include majors for those students.
(Times photo, Keri Wiginton)