Gov. Scott pitches $12 billion budget investment in Florida education
Gov. Rick Scott is making another push for increased funding for Florida’s education system, saying his new budget proposal will be the “highest ever” in Florida history. The two-term governor said he plans to push the state legislature to dedicate nearly $12 billion of his proposed $87.4 billion budget to education during the 2018-2019 fiscal year. More from Space Coast Daily, WUSF, and the Tampa Bay Times.
The University of Florida made its mission becoming a national top 10, pre-eminent public university in 2013. Since then, it’s hired 92 faculty members and set an $800 million fundraising goal to attract high-performing scholars. But while the university has churned out 14,000 degrees in the 2015-2016 academic year, employers are having a difficult time finding qualified and certified employees. [Source: Gainesville Sun]
Fretting over what job you may get following college is one of the biggest fears of many college students. Florida’s Department of Economic Opportunity, Department of Education and the Florida Chamber Foundation are trying to change that. [Source: WJXT]
Florida has quickly become the education darling of the Trump administration, with Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos now having visited the Sunshine State more than a dozen times to highlight everything from school choice to career and technical education and job training. [Source: U.S. News & World Report]
Island evacuees of Hurricane Maria continue to enter Florida schools, keeping state and district officials on their toes to ensure they can meet the children's needs. As the students work to settle in, they won't face the added pressure of having to quickly adapt to the state's academic accountability system. [Source: Tampa Bay Times]
› Meet our future physicists of Florida [Panama City News Herald]
What’s happening in Bay District Schools in regards to the rise of math and science is something Dr. Paul Cottle, physics professor at Florida State University and one of the premier experts on physics education in the state, has never seen before.
› Report: Adjunct faculty living in poverty in Florida [Public News Service]
From skipping meals and having their utilities cut off to even delaying medical treatment, a survey of nearly 800 faculty members across Florida shows poverty is common among adjunct faculty at universities and colleges.
› Going to grad school? South Florida programs rank high [South Florida Sun-Sentinel]
The 2018 U.S. News & World Report’s list of top graduate schools in the nation include Florida Atlantic University, Nova Southeastern University, Florida International University, the University of Miami, Barry University and Palm Beach Atlantic.
› Pinellas superintendent Mike Grego named Florida Superintendent of the Year [Tampa Bay Times]
Pinellas County school district superintendent Mike Grego has been named the 2018 Florida Superintendent of the Year. The announcement by the Florida Association of School District Superintendents came Wednesday morning during a joint meeting in Tampa with the Florida School Boards Association.