Florida schools trim popular specialized programs: Florida programs to
benefit both strong learners and those with certain academic and
behavioral issues will be pared back or outright eliminated this fall
amid dramatic state budget cuts. Orange County’s AP program is being
significantly downsized, while other counties are cutting back on
AVID, which works to give learners in need of academic support a
better shot at going to college. Also in Orange County, the Community
Education Partners program designed to help struggling youth make up
credits and graduate with their classmates, already has been
eliminated.

If the budget crisis continues to cut out essential guidance and college prep programs, more affordable alternatives are needed.