More school districts move toward joining lawsuit against state education law
The Miami-Dade School Board is one step closer to joining a growing number of school districts across Florida in challenging the constitutionality of a controversial new education law. Five districts have committed to suing so far, and at least 14 others, like Miami-Dade, are at varying stages of considering such action. [Source: Miami Herald]
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With about 210 employees in Maitland, Wiley Education Services develops, launches and markets online courses for colleges and universities. It now counts about 40 schools as partners and has students across the country enrolled in 250 degree programs. [Source: Florida Trend]
The K-12 education system in Florida — the one that Education Secretary Betsy DeVos likes to praise as a model for the nation — is in chaos. Traditional public school districts are trying to absorb the loss of millions of dollars for the new school year that starts within weeks. More from the Washington Post and the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.
Scott sent letters to each of the 12 public universities last week urging them to use their new funding — more than $120 million among the individual institutions — to “focus on graduation rates” and encourage post-graduation career opportunities. [Source: Times/Herald]
The University of Florida has been ranked the best four-year college in the state by a national online education service. The website schools.com released its annual rankings Tuesday and it bodes well for the Gators. The website focuses on affordability, flexibility and student services. More from WESH and the Northwest Florida Daily News.
› Universities in Miami compete to grow enrollments [Miami Today]
Responding to a national decline in high school graduates, universities in Miami are competing to maintain – and even grow – their application and enrollment numbers.
› GOP state senators call for school funding study [WFSU]
One part of Florida’s complex public school funding program is drawing fire from two Republican state senators. They’re calling for a study of what’s known as the district cost differential.
› FSU donors file billion-dollar suit against state of Florida [WTXL]
A billion-dollar lawsuit has been filed against the state of Florida. The lawsuit filed Monday by two Florida State University donors calls for the state to match private donations to Florida's public colleges, universities and their students.
› USFSM and LECOM announce partnership [Sarasota Herald-Tribune]
With an alarming shortfall of medical professionals forecast for Southwest Florida by the middle of the next decade, new partnerships between academia and local training opportunities for young doctors could help trim those numbers.