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Florida expands financial aid programs for college students

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Florida expands financial aid programs for college students

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Florida expands financial aid programs for college students

Florida's main program aimed at students with financial need, known as “student assistance grants,” will expand to cover a record 234,824 students in the 2017-18 academic year, an increase of 112,495 students from last year, according to an estimate approved Wednesday by state analysts. [Source: WLRN]

Editorial: Here's one way Florida courts can measure a quality education

The question before the 1st District Court of Appeal in Tallahassee is whether Florida is following its constitutional duty to provide a high-quality education to public school students. The state District Court of Appeal will ultimately render its decision in the coming weeks based on legal interpretations and not necessarily data-based evidence. [Source: Tampa Bay Times]

Is the HBCU bubble next in line to burst?

A perfect storm of fractured board-president relationships, abysmal alumni giving, budget cuts from state and federal governments and declining enrollment is plaguing all of higher education. The situation is worse for historically black colleges and universities (HBCU), which already struggle to come up from behind their majority-serving peers, the bubble may be poised to pop even sooner than some think. [Source: Education Dive]

Report: GOP Senate leaders feuded over massive education bill

A massive education law that has inspired lawsuits from school districts and derision from teachers’ unions nearly fell victim to an intraparty feud in the Republican-led state Senate. More from the Orlando Sentinel and Politico.

Florida schools to see slight bump in enrollment

Florida public schools are expected to grow by 27,000 students in the next year, under an estimate approved by state forecasters. The 0.9 percent growth rate for the 2018-19 academic year is in line with an estimate showing the number of students in Florida K-12 classrooms will average less than 1 percent growth over the four subsequent years. [Source: Naples Herald]

ALSO AROUND FLORIDA:

› Sarasota school Board decides against entering legal fight
In what may have been the most sharply divided unanimous vote of the year, the Sarasota County School Board on Tuesday decided not to join other districts that may file legal challenges against the state over a controversial new law mandating that counties spend more money on charter schools.

› With Florida's recess mandate set to take effect, some worry schools will water it down
Just like reading, math and science, recess is now a part of daily life in Florida's traditional, public elementary schools beginning when classes start over the next two weeks.

› Broward College to offer 'mini MBA' management, executive program
Broward College's Continuing Education and Workforce Development unit will expand its coursework offerings with a new management and executive program it calls a "mini MBA," short for Mastery Business Application.

› McCoy resigns from Florida A&M University's Board of Trustees
Major General (Ret.) Gary McCoy has resigned from the Florida A&M University Board of Trustees. McCoy was appointed to the board in December 2015 by Gov. Rick Scott.

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