Florida ranked best state in the nation for higher education
U.S. News & World Report has again ranked Florida as the best state in the nation for higher education. The ranking was determined based on several factors, including the time it takes Florida students to complete two and four-year higher education programs, the cost of tuition and fees, and the burden of debt for college graduates. Gov. Rick Scott's statement about this honor is here. Also read more at US News & World Report and the Miami Herald.
Bright Futures merit scholarships would be permanently expanded under a bill sent to Gov. Rick Scott on Monday. The Senate voted 33-5 for the measure (SB 4), which was originally approved by the Senate in the first week of the session and is a top priority for Senate President Joe Negron, R-Stuart. More from the Orlando Sentinel, the Palm Beach Post, and the Miami Herald.
House Speaker Richard Corcoran celebrated the passage of his sweeping K-12 policy bill, the 207-page HB 7055, with a statement cheering a "great day for education in Florida." Teacher leaders didn't share in the enthusiasm, though. More from the Tampa Bay Times and the Daily Commercial.
The expansion of Nova Southeastern University’s Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine and the construction of the new Tampa Bay Regional Campus are being realized through a commitment from the Drs. Kiran C. and Pallavi Patel. Now the construction begins: On Wednesday, ground was broken for the new 325,000-square-footcampus in Clearwater, Florida. News release from NSU is here.
The Florida Legislature voted Monday to strip USF Sarasota-Manatee of independent accreditation, reversing a process put in place years ago to give the campus more autonomy after complaints arose that it was not being adequately funded. [Source: Sarasota Herald-Tribune]
› Kevin Hyde to become interim president of FSCJ [Jax Daily Record]
Foley & Lardner partner Kevin Hyde can add another leadership role to his bio – interim president of Florida State College at Jacksonville. Hyde will take that title after President Cynthia Bioteau’s retirement, which is effective May 31.
› Emeril Lagasse donates half a million to Panhandle school [My Panhandle]
The Emeril Lagasse Foundation announced a $500,000 dollar grant to Seaside School for a signature program that enriches the lives of kids through a fresh perspective on food.
› Parkland students clash over school visit by Education Secretary Betsy DeVos [Miami Herald]
Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos’ visit Wednesday to the Parkland school where 17 people were slain by a former student on Feb. 14 sparked debate among students and outsiders well before her morning arrival.
› Sarasota teachers’ union, school board ratify contract [Sarasota Herald-Tribune]
After a lengthy and tense contract negotiation period and picketing outside the school district’s administrative headquarters, the teachers’ union and Sarasota County School Board separately ratified a two-year salary contract Tuesday.