Florida education news: College costs, school grades, dropouts and more
BIG ISSUES: Overcoming the achievement gap remains one of the Tampa Bay area's critical issues for the coming year, the Times editorializes.
TOO EXPENSIVE: A rising number of Floridians qualify for Pell Grants to help them pay for college, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
SCHOOL GRADES: Continually changing criteria for Florida school grades continue to strain the system's credibility, the Miami Herald reports.
DROPOUTS: A Florida lawmaker proposes increasing the mandatory education age to 18, WCTV-TV reports.
SAVING LIVES: A federal law supports Florida's efforts to put Epipens in schools, the Florida Times-Union reports.
NOT ENOUGH: Florida students who finish high school with a certificate of completion instead of a diploma find few opportunities, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.