Financial literacy requirement sought for Florida students
Florida senators are renewing a push to require high-school students to pass a financial-literacy course before graduation, though at least two lawmakers are concerned about students being squeezed for time during the school day. More from the Gainesville Sun and WJXT.
State college leaders are advancing the idea of having their 28-school system embedded in the Florida Constitution. The Council of Presidents, which represents the school leaders, voted unanimously last week to support the concept as part of the ongoing Florida Constitution Revision Commission. [Source: Daily Commercial]
Displaced Puerto Rican students are taking advantage of discounted tuition, room and board at public and private universities in South Florida. But many of them hesitated to leave home. [Source: WUSF]
Oranges, grapefruit, tangerines and limes. Most people think of these as signature plants of Florida, but scientists have traced their origins back millions of years and across continental land masses, said Fred Gmitter, a professor of horticultural sciences with the University of Florida's Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. Full story from UF, here.
Aiming to foster innovation and competition, Florida lawmakers exempted charter schools from the bulk of state statutes governing public education. Miami-Dade lawyer Roberto Martinez, who sits on the state Constitution Revision Commission, contends that successful traditional districts should get the same consideration. [Source: Tampa Bay Times]
› Florida State suspends Greek life following pledge's death after party [FSU News Release]
Florida State University has indefinitely suspended its fraternities and sororities after the alcohol-related death of a freshman pledge and cocaine charges for a member of another fraternity.Also read more at the AP.
› FSC business school named to national list [Lakeland Ledger]
Florida Southern College’s business school is included for the first time in the Princeton Review’s 267 Best Business Schools, a guide for students and parents released last week.
› USFSP names interim top academic officer [Tampa Bay Times]
The University of South Florida St. Petersburg's interim leader has announced the school's new top academic officer. Olufunke A. Fontenot, a criminal justice professor with experience in administration, will step in on Dec. 1 as interim regional vice chancellor of academic affairs.
› Suncoast Technical College library opens [Sarasota Herald-Tribune]
The school opened Oct. 17, and the conference center has already hosted its first event — the second annual North Port Real Estate Summit — Nov. 3. So, with the library opening, the entire $27 million complex is officially open for business.