January 21, 2018

Regional Education Trends

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South Florida | Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Palm Beaches

Boynton library gives residents a chance to earn high school diploma

Boynton Beach’s library was one of about 20 statewide to offer residents a chance to obtain their high school diploma through the Career Online High School. It is an accredited, online, private high school program that allows students 19 and older to earn a diploma. Palm Beach Post [1/18/18]

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Miami High teacher a finalist for $1 million global prize

Joseph Underwood, a television production teacher at Miami High School, was recognized as a finalist in the Varkey Foundation’s 2018 Global Teacher Prize, a $1 million prize created to honor an exceptional teacher that aims to shed light on the role teacher’s play in society. Miami Herald [1/11/18]

FAU employee accused of defrauding Florida school

A 27-year-old Florida Atlantic University employee is accused of pretending to be a student and receiving about $24,000 worth of fraudulent checks. AP [1/4/18]

Broward teachers to get raises after holidays

Most Broward County teachers will soon get hundreds of extra dollars to pay off those holiday bills. The Broward County School Board on Tuesday approved the new contract, which includes raises of at least 2.5 percent for most teachers. South Florida Sun-Sentinel [12/28/17]

Miami Teacher Receives $25K Milken Education Award

Dale Adamson, a math teacher at Howard D. McMillan Middle School in Kendale Lakes, is the only Milken Educator Award winner from Florida this year and is among the 44 honorees for 2017-2018. CBS Miami [12/21/17]

FAU and Max Planck unveil first-of-its-kind honors program

Florida Atlantic University President John Kelly, Max Planck Society President Martin Stratmann, and David Fitzpatrick, CEO of the Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience (MPFI), announced a new partnership between FAU and MPFI to establish an undergraduate honors program in neuroscience that will be the first of its kind across the globe. FAU NEWS [12/14/17]

Florida International U Faculty Create Nearly 1,900 Videos in Five Months

After ramping up its use of Sonic Foundry's Mediasite video capture system across campus, Florida International University has seen a significant increase in video use among faculty and students. Campus Technology [12/7/17]

South Florida universities remain committed to serving veterans

Throughout the tri-county region, higher-education institutions operate dedicated veteran and military student affairs hubs where staffers work to accommodate the special needs of students who are transitioning out of active duty and toward a college degree. South Florida Business Journal [11/30/17]

Pompano Beach will open museum honoring educational pioneer Blanche Ely

The former home of Blanche Ely, who taught children to rise above race in the age of segregation, is expected to be turned into a repository for yearbooks, photographs and other archives describing life at the time Ely and her husband were educators in the city. South Florida Sun-Sentinel [11/16/17]

As they cut costs, two Miami-Dade Catholic universities talked merger. Now, that’s off

South Florida’s two Catholic universities spent most of 2017 brainstorming ways for the small privates colleges to cooperate, partner or even merge. Six months later, the task force has been dissolved, and a merger is off the table for Barry University and St. Thomas University. Miami Herald [11/9/17]

FAU payment to admission's director husband prompts inquiry

Florida Atlantic University paid the husband of its admissions director $25,000 to train admissions officers in a deal that has raised questions about possible ethics breaches. South Florida Sun-Sentinel [11/2/17]

Knight Foundation grant to support Puerto Rican students at FIU

The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation has awarded FIU a $350,000 grant to support Puerto Rican students affected by Hurricane Maria. The grant will fund living expenses, tuition, and other costs associated with relocation. FIU News [10/26/17]

Eight South Florida schools to get extra $2K per student

Eight of South Florida’s most struggling schools will get a multi-million dollar boost over the next two years to offer social services like mental health care. WGCU [10/19/17]

South Florida survivor works to boost education in Haiti

Flipping through photos of young smiling faces, Christa Remington feels connected to each one. “We have 103 kids on our waiting list,” she said. Each child is waiting for an education and Remington, an FIU graduate with a PhD in Public Affairs, is doing everything she can to give it to them. CBS Miami [10/12/17]

Miami-Dade Schools win $15 federal grant for magnet programs

Miami-Dade County Public Schools was one of four Florida school districts to win a $15 million grant from The U.S. Education Department’s Magnet Schools Assistance Program to implement magnet schools that increase racial integration, promote academic opportunity and excellence. Miami Herald [10/5/17]

School's back in session for some in the Florida Keys

The lights flickered off during the lunchtime rush and the principal had to use a cellphone light to make sure everyone got their food, but school is back in session at a Florida school that was a Red Cross shelter after Hurricane Irma. AP [9/28/17]

Palm Beach loses fight against charter schools as Supreme Court declines to hear case

The Palm Beach County School District has lost what's likely its final appeal in its attempt to keep out a charter school. The state Supreme Court issued a brief memo Tuesday, declining to take up the school district’s case against Florida Charter Education Foundation. South Florida Sun-Sentinel [9/21/17]

After Hurricane Irma: 27 PBC schools will serve kids free meals

More than two dozen Palm Beach County public schools will be offering free meals to children and their families on Thursday and Friday to ensure access to nutritious meals as schools work to reopen after Hurricane Irma. Palm Beach Post [9/14/17]

Palm Beach schools are listed as overcapacity after the district's first headcount

The first head count of the year revealed 32 of the district’s schools are filled to capacity or beyond, as defined by the state. That’s one more than last year. Palm Beach Post [9/7/17]


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West Florida | Tampa, St. Petersburg, Sarasota, Naples, Fort Myers

Poly president joins effort to promote high-tech industries

Dr. Randy K. Avent, president of Florida Polytechnic University, is a new member of The Florida High Tech Corridor Council. The Corridor is an economic initiative that stretches across 23 counties, with the purpose of developing a stronger high-tech industry. Lakeland Ledger [1/18/18]

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Pine View ranked best public high school in Florida

Pine View School, Sarasota County’s gifted magnet program, was ranked the best public high school in the state of Florida by 24/7 Wall St., a financial news and commentary site. Sarasota Herald-Tribune [1/11/18]

Fraternity steps up to help Booker High School students

In its second year, the Gamma Xi Boule internship program, sponsored by the Sarasota chapter of national black fraternity Sigma Pi Phi, allows a select group of Booker students to intern for a semester at a maximum of 10 hours a week for $10 an hour at local organizations. Sarasota Herald-Tribune [1/4/18]

Some Really Big Shows are Coming to Ringling College

If you haven't taken a stroll around the Ringling College of Art and Design campus lately, you probably don’t know what you’re missing. Sarasota Magazine [12/28/17]

Hurricane Irma cost Pasco County schools about $3 million, officials say

The September threat of Hurricane Irma cost Pasco County schools more than seven days of missed classroom time. Twenty-two schools schools opened as shelters to serve more than 22,000 residents and 2,000 pets. Tampa Bay Times [12/21/17]

Pasco-Hernando State College faculty to consider unionizing

Sixty percent of the faculty submitted petition cards last week, asking the Florida Public Employees Relations Commission for a union election. They’re part of a growing push in higher education looking for greater workplace protections amid limited resources. Tampa Bay Times [12/14/17]

University of South Florida switches from Under Armour to Adidas

The University of South Florida has picked Adidas to outfit its sports teams under an eight-year deal, replacing Baltimore-based Under Armour as the school’s footwear and athletic wear brand. Baltimore Sun [12/7/17]

USF Adjunct Faculty Members: Low Pay, No Benefits Say They Need a Union

The Service Employees International Union which is trying to organize adjunct faculty at USF says this: “According to a survey of nearly eight hundred faculty members across Florida, poverty among contingent faculty teaching at universities and colleges is extremely common." WMNF [11/30/17]

With $15 million donation to USF, top donors urge others to follow their lead

The university had already hit its $1 billion fundraising goal, and the college sweethearts had already cemented their spot as the top donors to their beloved alma mater. Tampa Bay Times [11/16/17]

USF, Florida welcome new research vessel

A crowd that included the USF Herd of Thunder marching band recently welcomed the R/V W.T. Hogarth on its maiden voyage to its new homeport in St. Petersburg. Florida Trend [11/9/17]

Proposed charter school would draw ‘academically advanced’ students

Plans for a proposed charter school that would pull students from Hernando and Pasco counties will be recommended for approval by the Hernando County School Board on Tuesday, according to Angela Kennedy, the district’s director of school choice. Tampa Bay Times [11/2/17]

Futurist David Houle to speak at St. Petersburg College's Seminole campus

An internationally known futurist who predicts that the next 20 years will be as transformative as any similar period in history will be the featured speaker at the next Dinner Series program of the Institute for Strategic Policy Solutions at St. Petersburg College. Tampa Bay Newspapers [10/26/17]

Sarasota one of only two school districts in the state without librarians

In Florida’s 67 school districts, the number of librarians has dropped 27 percent since 2005. Liberty and Franklin school districts both went from 1 librarian in 2011 to 0 the next year, but only two larger districts — Pasco and Sarasota — have eliminated librarians entirely. Sarasota Herald-Tribune [10/19/17]

State of Jobs conference doubles attendance

On Tuesday morning 18 professionals from six industries gathered at the annual State of Jobs conference to teach 900 students from Sarasota and Manatee counties what’s already available to them locally. Sarasota Herald-Tribune [10/12/17]

School policy to stand for anthem is protested in Bradenton

Along a busy street in downtown Bradenton, the same conflict that has gripped the nation in recent weeks — one touching on questions of patriotism, racial injustice and other issues — played out on a smaller scale Tuesday, but with no less intensity. Sarasota Herald-Tribune [10/5/17]

Sarasota school district hires PR firm for communications

The Sarasota County School District has awarded a two-year, $225,000 contract to the same local public relations firm that represented superintendent Todd Bowden during his sexual harassment investigation and School Board member Eric Robinson during his campaign for the board last year. Sarasota Herald-Tribune [9/28/17]

Hurricane Evacuation Costs USF St. Pete Chancellor Her Job

Regional Chancellor Sophia Wisniewska's split with the University of South Florida St. Petersburg came as a result from how she handled student evacuations in the run-up to Hurricane Irma - and where she said she was during the storm itself. WUSF [9/21/17]

Lee Elementary, rich with history and contradictions, will move to another school

Crews continued to pour water on a fire-ravaged school while across town, Hillsborough County district leaders worked to relocate 329 students and 49 employees. Tampa Bay Times [9/14/17]

At Eckerd College, a tight-knit campus pulls together before evacuating

Eckerd College sophomores Chris Donbrowski and Chris Keskeny walked through a nearly empty campus to Triton's Pub on Wednesday afternoon, wondering if it was still open. Tampa Bay Times [9/7/17]

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Central Florida | Orlando, Treasure Coast, Gainesville, Brevard County

UCF championship specialty license plate bill filed in Legislature

Some Florida lawmakers are backing a bill to create a specialty license plate for UCF’s claimed 2017 college football national championship. The bill, HB 1359, was filed last week and its design was released Wednesday, featuring “National Champions” emblazoned on the bottom. Orlando Sentinel [1/18/18]

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UCF search committee needs more faculty, students, union leader says

As the University of Central Florida prepares to ask the public to weigh in on the search for its next president, the head of the faculty union says he is concerned there is not enough faculty and student representation on a committee narrowing the field of finalists. Orlando Sentinel [1/11/18]

Alachua County students to try out revamped math tool in January

With the help of a federal grant, researchers from around the country are updating an online tool for algebra students that will launch in Alachua County in January. Alligator [1/4/18]

Brevard Schools considering earlier spring break, longer holiday vacations

An earlier spring break and longer holiday vacations could be in store for students in Brevard County, as the school board works to put together a calendar for the 2018-19 school year. Florida Today [12/28/17]

Puerto Rican teachers find homes in Central Florida classrooms

Hurricane Maria, which hit the island Sept. 20, has sent a flood of Puerto Rican residents to Florida and created new hiring opportunities for Central Florida school districts, which are always scrambling to find teachers. Orlando Sentinel [12/21/17]

UF professor helps write latest edition of gold standard propagation textbook

Growers, students and professors use this textbook across the world, and now a UF/IFAS environmental horticulture professor has helped write the new edition of what those in the industry and academia consider the Bible of propagation texts. UF/IFAS News [12/14/17]

University of Florida climbs to 14th among public universities with $791 million in research expenditures

A new report from the National Science Foundation shows the University of Florida’s record $791 million in research expenditures in 2016 pushed it from 16th to 14th among public universities in a national ranking of R&D spending. UF News [12/7/17]

UCF Police Chief Richard Beary to retire in 2018

University of Central Florida Police Chief Richard Beary announced his retirement on Wednesday. “I am proud to have served 41 years as a law enforcement officer and 11 years as Chief of Police for the University of Central Florida,” Beary said in a statement. Orlando Sentinel [11/30/17]

Brevard School employee of the year finalists announced

Brevard Public Schools announced the six finalists for School Employee of the Year on Tuesday. The finalists were selected for their skills and dedication. The winner will be announced at the annual ABC Awards at the King Center on Jan. 24. Florida Today [11/16/17]

Hotelier Harris Rosen offers scholarships to Rollins College

Hotelier Harris Rosen will provide college scholarships to students from two struggling Orlando-area neighborhoods to attend Rollins College. The awards will go to three students from the Parramore and Tangelo Park neighborhoods each year starting in fall 2018, Rosen and the college said Tuesday. Orlando Sentinel [11/9/17]

Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer won't pursue UCF presidency, to seek re-election

Buddy Dyer won’t seek to become the University of Central Florida’s next president, opting instead to run for another term as Orlando’s mayor in 2019. Dyer, who has previously expressed an interest in the UCF presidency, said Monday he was caught “a little bit off-guard” when UCF President John Hitt a week ago revealed his plans to retire June 30. Orlando Sentinel [11/2/17]

Editorial: Hitt will leave an enduring list of accomplishments for Central Florida

Not many people who wait until age 76 to announce their retirement are going out on top. But John Hitt has been an extraordinary leader for the University of Central Florida and the entire region. Orlando Sentinel [10/26/17]

Florida Tech a Top Global University, According 2017 World University Rankings

Florida Institute of Technology is in the top 3 percent of more than 27,700 degree-granting institutions of higher education worldwide, according to the 2017 World University Rankings. Space Coast Daily [10/19/17]

300 Puerto Rican students enroll in Orange schools

Nearly 300 Puerto Rican students have enrolled in Orange County schools since Hurricane Maria pounded their island home, with hundreds and perhaps thousands more expected. Orlando Sentinel [10/12/17]

Central Florida takes part in International Walk to School Day

Thousands of students, parents and teachers hit the sidewalks across Central Florida on Wednesday as they took part in International Walk to School Day. Since 1997, the annual event has aimed to promote an active lifestyle while also raising awareness for pedestrian safety. Click Orlando [10/5/17]

UCF, Valencia, Seminole State offer in-state tuition to Puerto Rican students

Puerto Ricans who move to Central Florida in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria will be eligible for in-state tuition at the region’s three largest colleges and universities. Orlando Sentinel [9/28/17]

Osceola funds $15M STEM high school at NeoCity

Osceola County has committed to building a new $15 million STEM-focused high school at NeoCity, the budding new high-tech development near Kissimmee. Orlando Sentinel [9/21/17]

Education stars as major player in Gainesville’s tech startup community

With a shared goal to change the world and improve learning strategies through technology, innovative EdTech startups emerge into Gainesville’s startup community with a bang. Gainesville Business Report [9/14/17]

UF drops in global university ranking for a second year

For the past two years, UF has dropped in Times Higher Education World University Rankings. UF ranked No. 143 this year, a decrease from UF’s previous ranking of 134. Alligator [9/7/17]

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North Florida | Jacksonville, Tallahassee, Panama City, Pensacola

FSU Panama City leader crafts ambitious vision for future

In his inimitably go-getter style, the dean of FSU Panama City is using his wide-ranging, 30-plus years of experience as a lawyer, educator, business manager/consultant and administrator to craft new alliances between education, business and government. FSU [1/18/18]

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GAP awards help FSU faculty propel research from lab to market

Four teams led by Florida State University faculty members will receive funding from the university as they work to translate their innovative research into successful commercial products. FSU News [1/11/18]

Winter Storm Brings A Snow Day To Tallahassee

Snow, sleet and freezing rain fell across parts of North Florida Wednesday morning closing roads, schools, universities and colleges in North Florida and South Georgia. WFSU [1/4/18]

Jacksonville nonprofit helps disadvantaged young adults aim for careers, not just jobs

Zhanellis Banks has had jobs. But Banks, who graduated from high school earlier this year, wanted more. She wanted a career. As a student in Generation Jacksonville, a nonprofit that provides free “bootcamp-style” training programs mostly for disadvantaged youth, she found her niche. Florida Times-Union [12/28/17]

Appeals court sides with Florida student who sued ECSD over disciplinary process

The Escambia County School District will review one of its processes for disciplining students after an opinion handed down by the First District Court of Appeal on Tuesday. Pensacola News Journal [12/21/17]

FAMU alumna in culinary challenge for "Top Chef" honors

Florida A&M University foodies are likely to do a double-take while viewing the Bravo Network's “Top Chef” series. Adrienne Nona Cheatham, who studied public relations while attending FAMU from 2000-2004 and has made her mark in the culinary arts, is one of this season’s 15 “cheftestants.” Tallahassee Democrat [12/14/17]

FSU produces three winners of prestigious Rangel Fellowship

A Florida State University student and two recent graduates will continue their education in foreign policy while working toward careers as foreign service officers as a part of the Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Graduate Fellowship Program. FSU News [12/7/17]

Florida Panhandle Technical College graduates first drone program students

The Florida Panhandle Technical College in Chipley just graduated the first members of its drone program. Marianna Fire Department leaders just completed the program. They'll be able to use drones to assist with fires, as well as search and rescue. WJHG [11/30/17]

FSU's College of Social Sciences and Public Policy awarded 2.5 million dollar grant

The Florida State University College of Social Sciences and Public Policy is awarded a 2.5 million dollar grant. The project falls under the Smart and Connected Communities Initiative. WTXL [11/16/17]

Governor recognizes veterans turned educators with Shine Award

The Shine Award is presented to teachers and administrators in Florida who make significant contributions to the field of education. Four of those honored Tuesday teach in Jacksonville and two in Clay County. WJXT [11/9/17]

Escambia County schools name teachers of the year

Escambia County School District has named its teachers of the year, a 56-person list that will be used to choose the winner of the district's Golden Apple as the teacher of the year in January. Pensacola News Journal [11/2/17]

Duval to file plan for three schools in danger

Duval County schools officials have until Friday to make decisions about the future three of the district’s most at-risk schools should any of the schools fail to earn a C grade on state report cards this summer. Florida Times-Union [10/26/17]

FSU PC announces $500k gift, new programs

From its humble beginnings in the 1970′s, when Bay District Schools, the business community and Gulf Coast Community College petitioned the legislature for a university in Bay County, to 1982, when the campus opened with “just a few buildings” and a resident faculty of four, to today, Florida State University Panama City has grown into an education hub for the county and the region. Panama City News Herald [10/19/17]

Women’s Center of Jacksonville expands with literacy classes, GED preparation

The Women’s Center of Jacksonville’s newly expanded Expanded Horizons program teaches basic literacy, pre-GED, GED, English for Speakers of Other Languages, computer literacy and workplace readiness. Florida Times-Union [10/12/17]

FSU honors D'Alemberte with 'dedication of a window’

The image of former Florida State University president Sandy D’Alemberte will be preserved forever in a new stained glass window in the school’s original library. Tampa Bay Times [10/5/17]

Thrasher gets $200,000 bonus as FSU jumps in national rankings

With Florida State University moving closer to becoming a top-25 public university, the school’s trustees bumped President John Thrasher’s salary by 7 percent and awarded him a $200,000 bonus. Florida Times-Union [9/28/17]

Some North Okaloosa residents prefer virtual education

For some North Okaloosa County residents, attending school is as simple as sitting in their home office or cracking open a laptop. According to the most recent report by the Babson Survey Research Group, in 2014, 5.8 million U.S. students were enrolled in at least one online higher education course. Crestview Bulletin [9/21/17]

Initial wave of first responders depart from FAMU's Lawson Center

The arena inside the Lawson Center at Florida A&M University was quiet Wednesday afternoon following the departure of a few hundred first responders who had set up housing there since Saturday night and staged vehicles at Bragg Stadium. Tallahassee Democrat [9/14/17]

University Panel to Review FSU Statues, Campus Names

FSU President John Thrasher announced Tuesday the creation of a panel of students, faculty, staff and alumni to review campus names, markers, statues and other official recognitions. Daily Business Review [9/7/17]

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