Florida schools and colleges close ahead of Hurricane Irma
With Hurricane Irma churning toward Florida, a number of Florida school districts and counties -- from Miami to the Tampa Bay Area to Central Florida and as far north as Duval County -- have decided to close ahead of the storm. More from the Miami Herald, the Sarasota Herald-Tribune, Newsweek, the Tampa Bay Times, WESH, Florida Today, First Coast News, and the Daytona Beach News Journal.
When state lawmakers passed House Bill 7069 this spring, they enacted a program allowing failing traditional schools to apply for up to $2,000 per student. Across the state, 57 of 93 failing schools applied for the money. But lawmakers capped the aid so that only 25 schools can get it at any given time. [Source: Tampa Bay Times]
With committee meetings scheduled to start next week in advance of the 2018 legislative session, senators are poised to take up higher-education and environmental issues that are priorities of Senate leaders. [Source: WJXT]
As a new school year begins, more than 230,000 Florida children are stepping into kindergarten to begin their primary education, and perhaps 30 percent of them won’t really be ready to succeed. [Source: Florida Times-Union]
University of Florida president Kent Fuchs viewed Tuesday's announcement as a threat to educating well-qualified students. The university has already seen a drop in enrollment from international students, he said, and this decision could discourage undocumented students from applying. More from the Tampa Bay Times and the Palm Beach Post.
› USF meets long-awaited academic requirement that will make it millions [Tampa Bay Business Journal]
The University of South Florida has achieved preeminence, system President Judy Genshaft announced Wednesday during her fall address. The school's six-year graduation rate reached 70 percent following this summer semester.
› University of Miami president meets faculty concerned about Cuba policy [Inside Higher Ed]
A group of faculty members at the University of Miami whose research or teaching relates to Cuba met with President Julio Frenk on Tuesday to discuss the university’s recent announcement that it would not enter into institutional agreements with the Cuban government or its universities.
› Florida State answers report alleging academic favoritism [AP]
Florida State University once again finds itself answering allegations of academic fraud involving its football program. The New York Times on Friday reported that six players on the 2013 National Championship team received special treatment in online courses.
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› Florida-brewed beer: One UF grad student seeks a whiff of success [Lakeland Ledger]
Sean Kryger’s master’s thesis at the University of Florida’s College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (CALS) will be on trying to create a Florida beer with homegrown ingredients. We’re a long way from a taste test.