September 24, 2017

Regional Education Trends

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South Florida | Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Palm Beaches

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]

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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. [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]

Miami-Dade school grades come back with milestone: no F schools

The state Department of Education released its annual school grades on Wednesday and despite a high number of low-income and immigrant students, Miami-Dade recorded a milestone: the elimination of all F-rated schools. Miami Herald [6/29/17]

36 states require schools teach CPR – not Florida, but PBC doing it anyway

High school biology class in Palm Beach County just got a little more hands on: Every student in the course is going to learn Hands-Only CPR beginning next fall. That will put about 11,000 more life savers on the region’s streets in one year, and more each year that follows. Palm Beach Post [6/22/17]

South Florida teacher takes state department of education to court over failed scores on teacher test

South Florida teacher Julie McCue who has 20-plus years of classroom experience and is a two-time nominee for teacher of the year, needs to pass the essay portion of the Florida Educational Leadership Exam (FELE) before the state dept. of education will allow her to earn more for the 4.0 master's degree she recently earned. WPTV [6/15/17]

MAST@FIU celebrate commencement of inaugural class

The Marine Academy of Science and Technology at FIU celebrated its first commencement this week, four years after opening its doors. FIU News [6/8/17]

Miami Dade College is down four campus presidents after reorganization

Miami Dade College has four fewer campus presidents after the school consolidated campus presidential leadership on Tuesday, the school announced in a letter from the president. Miami Herald [6/1/17]

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

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]

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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]

One school is offering $3,000 signing bonuses to teach middle school math. And it only wants the best

Whoever lands a gig teaching sixth grade math at Manatee School for the Arts is kind of a big deal. The charter school has cast a wide net as it searches for two new sixth grade math openings, sending recruiting letters to the most highly rated math teachers in school districts across the state. Bradenton Herald [6/29/17]

Foundational skills training launched by Hodges University

The FutureMakers Coalition’s Persistence and Progress Regional Action Team announces the development of a pilot project to address foundational skills, or soft skills, that were identified by local employers as barriers to hiring from the local workforce. Florida Weekly [6/22/17]

Teacher hiring freeze in Hillsborough could impact disadvantaged students the most

With classes starting in under two months, the Hillsborough County School District has frozen teacher hiring as it takes stock of its needs. But depending on how long the freeze lasts, filling hundreds of jobs could create a scramble with a disproportionate effect on the most vulnerable students. Tampa Bay Times [6/15/17]

Hodges University inducts 14 business students into honor society

Fourteen students from Hodges University's Johnson School of Business were recently inducted into the Sigma Beta Delta Honor Society. Florida Business Daily [6/8/17]

School’s in for Cape Coral business

When recently retired CEO David Branton of Cape Coral-based Turbine Generator Maintenance thought about his four-decade career, one accomplishment stood out: a partnership with Fort Myers Technical College to build a program to fulfill the needs of his workforce. Business Observer [6/1/17]

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

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]

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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]

UF’s assistant vice president for Business Services set to retire

Lionel J. Dubay, assistant vice president for the Business Services Division at the University of Florida, will retire on July 6. Dubay came to UF in 1985 as the director of the Stephen C. O’Connell Center, a position he held until 2007 when he became the director of UF’s Business Services Division. Gainesville Business Report [7/6/17]

University of Central Florida Alumni, Student Develop Tools To Avoid Long Theme Park Lines

Two UCF alumni and a student each earned first place in a competition that stretched their statistical math skills to come up with better resources to help people visiting theme parks avoid long lines. Space Coast Daily [6/29/17]

Full Sail University is making Quidditch a (virtual) reality

The virtual reality version of the game -- as described in the Harry Potter series -- was developed by Pat Starace, director of the digital fabrication course at Full Sail University in Orlando, Florida. Quartz [6/22/17]

Orange County releases new school report cards, aims to go beyond state's letter grades

Orange County’s traditional public schools got new report cards Wednesday, ones that aim to provide a “comprehensive report” on each campus. Orlando Sentinel [6/15/17]

Warner University to debut marine technology program in fall

A goal of the Institute of Marine Technology at Warner University is to provide Central Florida a steady supply of graduates to help serve the ever-expanding recreational boating industry. Lakeland Ledger [6/8/17]

NY Times: UF No. 6 among colleges doing the most for the American Dream

The University of Florida is once again one of the best schools in the country -- public or private -- at helping low-income students get a college education, according to the New York Times third annual College Access Index. UF News [6/1/17]

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North Florida | Jacksonville, Tallahassee, Panama City, Pensacola

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]

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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]

Florida State moves up in performance rankings; FAMU slips

Florida State University moved up two spots to place fourth among the state’s 11 public institutions in performance-based funding, according to a report Thursday from the Board of Governors. Tallahassee Democrat [6/29/17]

TCC trustees approve $60.9 million budget, brace for lean spending year

Tallahassee Community College’s District Board of Trustees Monday approved a $60.9 million spending plan for next year, about $3 million less than last year. Tallahassee Democrat [6/22/17]

One Year Later: UNF Students Try To Make Sense Of Pulse Nightclub Shooting

A year after a gunman opened fire at Orlando’s Pulse Nightclub, killing 49, young LGBT students at the University of North Florida joined school staff and counselors to reflect upon the tragedy. WJCT [6/15/17]

FSU researchers find plus-size fashion models improve women's psychological health

A new study by Florida State University researchers reveals women are more likely to pay attention to and remember average and plus-size models in the media compared to thin models. FSU News [6/8/17]

Excitement builds as $100 million Moran gift comes to life at FSU

A year and a half after Jan Moran and The Jim Moran Foundation gifted a record $100 million to Florida State University, the support already is transforming the university and creating opportunities for students and business owners for generations to come. FSU News [6/1/17]

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