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November 18, 2017

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South Florida | Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Palm Beaches

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]

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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]

Florida Atlantic U Advances Research with 10 Gbps Network

Large data transfers, cross-campus collaboration and information sharing are advancing research at Florida Atlantic University, thanks to 10 Gigabit-per-second Ethernet from Comcast Business. Campus Technology [8/31/17]

North Miami Educational Foundation awards 16 $3,000 scholarships

The scholarship program rewards local graduating seniors, or recent high school graduates, who maintained a 2.75 GPA in high school, or at least a ‘C’ in college classes; have financial need; and have been accepted as full-time students to a college or university. Miami Herald [8/24/17]

Anyone can buy one of these condos, but only FIU students, staff can live there

Florida International University students will soon have the opportunity to cram for their finals inside comfortable, modern digs. The building, to be called University Bridge Residences, will be comprised of 492 units, ranging in size from 300-square-foot studios to 1,634-square-foot four-bedroom layouts. Miami Herald [8/17/17]

Researchers 'count cars'—literally—to find a better way to control heavy traffic

In a new study, researchers from FAU's College of Engineering and Computer Science (COECS) set out to find a better way to monitor and estimate traffic flow using intelligent traffic surveillance systems. Phys.org [8/10/17]

First summer camp in Opa-locka helps local students become certified in coding

For the first time, Opa-locka residents this summer were able to send their children to an art and technology camp within their own neighborhood. The Opa-locka Community Development Corp. launched the camp for first through 12th graders in the city’s Thrive Innovation district. Miami Herald [8/3/17]

Area schools get ugrades thanks to one-cent sales tax

Thanks to the one-cent sales tax increase that went into effect Jan. 1, the Palm Beach County School District has been able to get started on $1.3 billion worth of improvement projects — including new roofs, lighting upgrades, paving and water intrusion prevention. Palm Beach Post [7/27/17]

Miami-Dade County Fair awards $1,000 scholarships to 151 local high-school seniors

The Miami-Dade County Fair and Exposition scholarship committee awarded $1,000 scholarships to 151 high school seniors graduating from public and private schools across Miami-Dade County. Miami Herald [7/20/17]

School supplies needed for struggling South Florida students

The first day of the new school year is still several weeks away, but the Broward Education Foundation’s Tools For Schools effort doesn’t take a break from collecting much needed school supplies to assist underprivileged students. WPLG [7/13/17]

Florida Memorial’s Roslyn Clark Artis named president at Benedict College

Roslyn Clark Artis, who became the first female president of Miami Gardens-based Florida Memorial University in 2014, is leaving for the same job at Benedict College, the Board of Trustees for the Columbia, South Carolina-based liberal arts school announced Friday. Miami Herald [7/6/17]

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

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]

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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]

Hernando school leaders question value of evaluation of superintendent

Tensions among school district leaders in Hernando are growing as they continue to sort through the results of an $11,000 districtwide survey commissioned to evaluate superintendent Lori Romano. Tampa Bay Times [8/31/17]

USF spends $1.5 million to address growing demand for student counseling

As Florida's universities stare down a mental health epidemic, the University of South Florida has crafted a plan it hopes will reach all students, from the one in crisis to the one who doesn't know he could use some help. Tampa Bay Times [8/24/17]

Tired of getting hosed? Check out USF Sarasota-Manatee’s new course: ‘The Art of Negotiation’

If you have ever walked away from buying a car, a mattress or a house with the sneaking suspicion that you’ve paid too much, you may want to check out a new course the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee is offering. Bradenton Herald [8/17/17]

Hillsborough Co. students head back to school amid cuts, fewer teachers, transportation woes

It’s back to school for more than 200,000 students at approximately 250 Hillsborough County schools today. The school board unanimously approved a $2.9 billion budget for the 2017-18 school year. WFLA [8/10/17]

Higher-ed leaders renew their vows, seek to market area as education hub

Here’s a thought: Bradenton is a college town. While the term may conjure images of packed football stadiums, parents hauling mini-fridges on move-in day and cheap beer by the pitcher, higher-education leaders in Manatee and Sarasota counties say the region being seen as a college town is vital to attracting prospective students. Bradenton Herald [8/3/17]

Survey shows employees praise, fear Hernando School Superintendent Romano

Two years after Hernando School District leaders suggested an employee-based evaluation of Superintendent Lori Romano, the results — showing feedback both positive and not so — are now public. Tampa Bay Times [7/27/17]

Pinellas teachers get schooled over summer break

Springboard is now geared toward training teachers with less than two years of experience, who work in schools with large populations of students from low-income families. Tampa Bay Times [7/20/17]

Manatee County to consider new tier of school impact fees

On Thursday, the Manatee County Planning Commission will consider a new tier of impact fees endorsed by the School Board. Impact fees are levied on new home construction to pay for infrastructure required by an expanding population. Sarasota Herald-Tribune [7/13/17]

FSW study finds investment needed to ensure all kids ‘kindergarten ready’

In order to keep our competitive edge in today’s knowledge-based economy, the next generation must have the skills, knowledge and dispositions to create and sustain new forms of enterprise. Florida Weekly [7/6/17]

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

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]

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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]

UF to hire diversity officer

The University of Florida will hire a chief diversity officer, President Kent Fuchs announced in his State of the University speech last week. The announcement came a week after the university denied white nationalist Richard Spencer’s request to rent campus space for a September event. Gainesville Sun [8/31/17]

Central Florida colleges say they're a safe space for DACA students

Some central Florida college students are kicking off this semester not knowing what their future holds. Ten state attorneys general are urging the federal government to phase out DACA — the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which protects undocumented immigrants brought to the country as children from deportation. WMFE [8/24/17]

Audit: University of Florida official altered public records

Auditors at the University of Florida found former General Counsel Jaime Keith "altered, destroyed or omitted" public records requested of the university which may have reflected poorly upon her. Education Dive [8/17/17]

Brevard kicks off school year with new discipline plan

Providing social emotional supports, whether through a relaxation room, daily check-ins with the school counselor or reflective assignments, is a big focus of the Brevard County school district's new discipline plan, which launches this school year. Florida Today [8/10/17]

Popular Bachelor Degrees, New Construction Mark EFSC Fall Term

Students returning to Eastern Florida State College this month will find Bachelor’s Degree programs more popular than ever and construction of a new Student Union on the Melbourne campus set to begin. Eastern Florida State [8/3/17]

New UCF hotel to have big impact on local economy

Construction of the University of Central Florida’s estimated $43 million on-campus hotel is set to begin in two months, and the inn is projected to have a $21 million annual economic impact, according to the Development Ventures Group (DEVEN Group). Orlando Business Journal [7/27/17]

Florida Tech Researchers Study Extreme Summer Weather

While many would see this as a downside to planning days on the beach or on the links, several Florida Tech faculty await summer weather to continue their research on areas such as storm surge, lightning strikes and hurricanes. Space Coast Daily [7/20/17]

Brevard Superintendent Blackburn gets 5 percent raise, contract extension

Following a glowing evaluation, Superintendent Desmond Blackburn is getting a raise. The Brevard County School Board approved a retroactive 5 percent raise — the first Blackburn has gotten since he was hired in June 2015 — and extended his contract through 2020. Florida Today [7/13/17]

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North Florida | Jacksonville, Tallahassee, Panama City, Pensacola

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]

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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]

FAMU Ranked No. 1 Historically Black College by Education Publication

One of the nation's most respected diversity ranking news organizations, "Diverse: Issues in Higher Education," has published its annual list of the top bachelor's and doctoral degree granting institutions in the nation. Florida A&M University (FAMU) was ranked by the publication as the No.1 historically Black college or university (HBCU) for producing African-American bachelor's degree. WTXL [8/31/17]

FSU researchers find school board diversity reduces school suspensions

A new study from criminology researchers at Florida State University reveals that a more diverse school board can lead to more equitable school punishment among black, white and Hispanic students. FSU News [8/24/17]

Pensacola's National Flight Academy celebrates 10,000th student

The National Flight Academy at Pensacola's National Naval Aviation Museum celebrated its 10,000th student on Wednesday. The academy, a mock aircraft carrier where students learn math and science skills by solving aviation-related problems, opened in 2012. Pensacola News-Journal [8/17/17]

Leon County Schools notifies parents of school schedule changes due to upcoming Solar Eclipse

Leon County Schools are preparing for the solar eclipse happening on Monday, August 21. After meeting with his leadership team and speaking with local experts and other North Florida superintendents, Rocky Hanna, the Superintendent of Schools, has made the decision to alter the school schedule. WTXL [8/10/17]

Jacksonville University to become smoke free Aug. 7

People wanting to light up a cigarette on the Jacksonville University campus will have to take their smoke breaks elsewhere after Aug. 7 when the school implements its new smoke-free policy. Florida Times-Union [8/3/17]

Teachers learn 3D printers, a new way to challenge, excite students

Schools are out for the summer, but about 30 Duval teachers were still at work at Twin Lakes Middle School last week, debating the fine points of statistics and flinging marshmallows, Cheerios and colorful projectiles into the air. Florida Times-Union [7/27/17]

Duval School Board wants to know how district spent $21 million more than budgeted last year

By some estimates the Duval school district spent $21 million more than it budgeted for the last fiscal year. The School Board wants “a deeper dive” into the numbers now to learn how it happened and how it can be avoided next year. Florida Times-Union [7/20/17]

EWC gets $8.4 million in proposed city budget for new athletic field and dormitory rehab

Calling it an investment in Edward Waters College students as well as the New Town community that surrounds the campus, Mayor Lenny Curry announced that $4.4 million is in his upcoming city budget for a community-accessible athletic facility at the historically black college. Florida Times-Union [7/6/17]

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