GET THAT GED: Sure, some people make fun of the GED. But for many, such as Scott Zilius, shown here with his family, the program offers a road back to success. (Times photo, Douglas Clifford)
WELCOME ARMS: Alafia Elementary parents cheer the arrival of their new principal.
TOP OF THE CLASS: J.D. Floyd students hearten senior citizens; Nature Coast basketball team delivers gifts to the needy; After zero-gravity flight, teachers sees new career opportunities for students (Hudson Middle)
SO LONG, FLORIDA: Dozens of top Florida university researchers are leaving the state and taking their grants with them, the Palm Beach Post reports.
FILLING THE GAPS: The Flagler Sons of the American Revolution provides history lessons to elementary school students to make up for what the school district doesn't offer, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.
GIVING BACK: Nearly 300 senior volunteers help the Manatee school district serve students, the Bradenton Herald reports. Volunteers play a key role in charter schools' success, too, the Naples Daily News reports.
FEWER HOPEFULS: The number of Florida applicants for National Board certification shrinks as financial support for the effort disappears, the Orlando Sentinel reports. More from Florida Today.
SO LONG, SUMMER SCHOOL: Palm Beach cancels several summer classes to balance its budget, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
GOING BACK TO SCHOOL: As the economy tumbles, applications to grad school increase, the Gainesville Sun reports. Tallahassee Community College sees its enrollment soar, too, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.