FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) - High school graduates in Florida
are increasingly skipping college.
      That's according to a recent report from the state Department of
Education.
      Researchers found about 35 percent of Florida's 2009 graduates
had no plans to attend college, two points above the 33 percent
recorded in 2008 and worse than the national average of 30 percent.
      Some of the department's survey respondents said they would
attend a trade school or enter the military, but most said they had
no plans for further education. That's bothersome to officials
trying to increase the population of learned, high-wage workers.
      In a recent application for federal funds, the state said it
hoped to double by 2015 the percentage of high school graduates who
attend at least a year of college.