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Hereldredge080408_32896d NEVER TOO LATE: Cindy Eldridge of Spring Hill dropped out of high school decades ago. Now in her 70s, she's completed her GED, gotten a bachelor's degree and is on her way toward a master's degree. (Times photo, Ron Thompson)

Hernando's 4-H program provides youngsters a chance to get dirty while learning about bugs, plants and more.

DRIVE SAFELY: Wesley Chapel High has seen too many teens die in driving accidents. In response, it requires students to pass a driver safety course to receive a permit to drive on campus.

A GOOD JOB IS HARD TO FIND: School starts soon. Many teachers can't find jobs, though, as districts cut back positions, the Miami Herald reports.

GOING HIGH-TECH: Florida schools continue to adopt the latest technology, making education much more than sitting in a desk and listening, the Stuart News reports.

FIX THE FCAT: The state's annual standardized test has become a deterrent to a diploma for too many teens, and needs reconsideration, the Ocala Star-Banner editorializes.

THE DRESS CODE STILL APPLIES: Escambia students who attend after-school events sponsored by the district will now have to follow the same dress code rules as when they are in class, as the district seeks to keep its activities family friendly, the Pensacola News-Journal reports.

CAMPUS LIFE IN DECLINE: College students in Jacksonville find ways to not go to campus in order to save gas money, the Florida Times-Union reports.

JUST THE BASICS: Families aren't buying many extra school supplies this year, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:52am]


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