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June 24, 2018

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Hundreds of Florida teachers fired over state test they keep failing

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Hundreds of Florida teachers fired over state test they keep failing

This summer, school districts across the state are working to fill classrooms with teachers but the state's certification test isn't helping districts recruit teachers, it's leaving many with even more empty teacher slots to fill. Since the Florida Teacher Certification Exam (FTCE) tests were revised in 2015, failure rates are higher than ever before. Also, the cost of taking the test has increased 800%, from $25 per section prior to 2009, to $200 per section now. [Source: WPTV]

» More teachers failing state-mandated FTCE, Florida Teacher Certification Exam
» Florida teachers take Florida Department of Education and Pearson Education to court

Guns on campus debate to continue in Florida and around the nation

This summer states across the nation loosened restrictions on 2nd Amendment rights, permitting everything from holster-free gun-carrying snowmobiling in Iowa to campus carry at Georgia state universities. In Florida, however, bills to repeal gun-free zones stalled. [Source: Tallahassee Democrat]

Florida students face higher barriers to learning outside of school compared to nation

Ninety percent of Florida educators say many of their students encounter barriers to learning outside the classroom, according to a report published Monday by Scholastic. The report, the first of its kind conducted by Scholastic, surveyed roughly 5,000 Pre-K – 12 teachers and principals nationwide, including 250 from Florida. [Source: Naples Daily News]

Florida and FSU among public universities with highest athletics revenue, expenses

USA Today’s annual look at NCAA Division I public school spending on sports showed that Florida and Florida State were among highest spending and revenue producing schools in Division I athletics. The University of Florida spent $121 million and totaled $141 million in revenue while Florida State University spent $115 million and grossed $113 million. [Source: Palm Beach Post]

St. Lucie County joining proposed lawsuit against state over education bill

School boards across the state are looking into a lawsuit proposed by Broward County that challenges the constitutionality of House Bill 7069, a sweeping education bill that was widely criticized by superintendents, teachers and parents. [Source: ]

» Broward sues over massive education bill as other Florida counties consider joining in


› Bethune-Cookman University President steps down amid mounting money woes
Bethune-Cookman University President Edison Jackson is retiring, ending his term a year before his contract is up. Jackson’s departure comes after reports revealed the Daytona Beach university has financial troubles, including that it suffered increasing operating losses because of spending and mounting debt from the financing of its newest dorm.

› FAU Lab Schools first in Florida to earn Google badge of honor
A Palm Beach County network of education institutions under the umbrella of Florida Atlantic University this week was recognized by Alphabet Inc.'s Google for its innovative approach to teaching through technology, the first in the state to earn the honor.

› Education donors threaten to pull support if Duval doesn’t help pay for programs
Some major donors who over the past decade have poured $122 million into area education initiatives object to the Duval School Board’s plans to reduce funding for some of those projects.

› Sarasota cataract center restores sight for the needy
For the past two years Daniel Medrano-Luna has lived inside a thick haze. But that changed when the Center for Sight in Sarasota opened its doors Wednesday for its annual Mission Cataract event, in which staff members offer free cataract eye surgeries to people who can’t afford it.

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