Florida Supreme Court is asked to block new education law
Raising the prospect of “irreversible damage” to the public education system, nine school boards want the Florida Supreme Court to block a massive education law approved in May. The school boards late Monday filed a constitutional challenge at the Supreme Court to the bill, which has become known in the education world by the shorthand HB 7069. [Source: South Florida Sun-Sentinel]
A lot has changed in Florida since 1999. Demographics have shifted. Some counties have seen massive population growth, some have shrunk, others have gotten poorer while some got richer. But one thing hasn’t changed — the portion each county gets from the state to help pay for early learning for poor children. [Source: Sarasota Herald-Tribune]
In his final budget proposal as governor, with a likely U.S. Senate race ahead of him, Gov. Rick Scott on Tuesday unveiled his plan for "record funding" in early education, K-12 public schools, colleges and universities. [Source: Tampa Bay Times]
More than 140,000 Puerto Ricans have left since the Category 4 hurricane slammed into the island Sept. 20, and some experts estimate more than 300,000 more could leave in the next two years. Some estimate that 14,000 public school students are part of the exodus.[Source: AP]
Legal education observers say accreditation issues at Florida Coastal School of Law -- whose graduates have struggled to pay off loans -- should lead to tougher look at its parent company, InfiLaw. [Source: Inside Higher Ed]
› Florida college probes group texts attacking immigrants [AP]
A Florida college says it is investigating reports that the school's Republican student chapter used a text-messaging group to offend immigrant classmates and mock victims of the Charlottesville rally attack.
› Florida Virtual School teachers seek to unionize [TBO.com]
After teaching middle school science at Florida Virtual School for nine years, Lauren Masino says one thing has become clear: FLVS teachers need to organize.
› Florida Southern joining the eSports movement [Lakeland Ledger]
Starting in January, Florida Southern College is joining the movement that many deem the future of competitive athletics: eSports. Ditching basketball courts and soccer nets, eSports allows gamers to competitively play video games with other teams.
› Florida Poly plans driverless-car test track [FOX 13 News]
Cutting-edge research on driverless cars is going to be conducted in Polk County. Monday, Florida’s Turnpike and Florida Polytechnic University broke ground on SunTrax, a new 400-acre research park in Auburndale.