Lawmakers getting closer on higher ed overhaul
The House and Senate moved closer Tuesday to agreement on a major higher-education bill, while the House added a provision to ban “free-speech zones” on university and college campuses. The legislation also would require the state university system to use a four-year graduation rate as part of its performance funding formula, instead of the current six-year measure. [Source: WJXT]
Facing anguished relatives and classmates of shooting victims, a panel of Florida legislators took the unprecedented step Tuesday of creating a new statewide program to put armed teachers in classrooms — over the vocal opposition of Parkland residents. [Source: Times/Herald]
In the 21st Century, anything and everything can be done online, including getting an education. In the last decade, E-learning has really taken off. It’s the perfect answer for many students and parents, but there are some serious drawbacks you should consider first. [Source: WFLA]
A joint effort by Broward College and its associate organizations has created a venture fund aimed at helping students access capital to launch businesses. Broward College President J. David Armstrong Jr. proposed and founded the fund, and personally contributed $100,000 toward its goal of raising $500,000 by May 31. [Source: South Florida Business Journal]
Students and teachers passed through tight security cordons of dozens of officers as classes resumed Wednesday for the first time since a troubled teenager with an AR-15 killed 17 of their friends and classmates, thrusting them into the center of the nation's gun debate. More from the AP, the Miami Herald, Reuters, and the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.
› Florida’s pattern is underfunding school psychologists and resource officers [Miami Herald]
In Florida, school mental health programs have been chronically underfunded and short-staffed for decades. Yet Florida’s leaders are pointing to this same depleted system, as well as relying on cash-starved programs for resource officers, counselors and social workers, as a way to treat and identify students who pose possible threats.
› Florida Poly student makes strides for women in space exploration [WUSF]
A Florida Polytechnic University mechanical engineering junior has been selected for one of the most prestigious aviation and space programs in the country, one specifically designed for women.
› UF technology commercialization efforts now called UF Innovate [UF News]
The University of Florida technology commercialization enterprise has a new name – UF Innovate – to reflect its mission of moving discoveries from the laboratory to the market. UF Innovate is the umbrella organization for four entities – Tech Licensing, Ventures, and two business incubators, The Hub and Sid Martin Biotech.
› Pinellas contracts with outside company to turn around struggling schools [Tampa Bay Times]
Joining other districts across Florida, the Pinellas County school system is reluctantly entering new territory with an agreement that could put three struggling public schools in the hands of a private company.