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September 25, 2018
Florida grads burdened with less student loan debt than those in most other states

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Florida grads burdened with less student loan debt than those in most other states

| 9/21/2017

Florida grads burdened with less student loan debt than those in most other states

Florida college graduates saddled with student debt: Take heart. The average debt Class of 2016 Florida grads must bear is less than students in most states. Florida ranks 45th in the nation based on average student debt load, mainly because so many students in this state attended public universities. More from the Tampa Bay Times and Marketwatch and read the full report from The Institute for College Access & Success.

State waives two school days after Irma

Florida schools have been granted a two-day hurricane reprieve from the state education commissioner. But schools in a number of counties were canceled for seven days, leaving open the question of how many days still will need to be made up. More from the Tampa Bay Times and the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.

Florida researchers' work pushes battery tech forward

University of Central Florida Assistant Professor Yang Yang's research group has developed two promising energy storage technologies in its work with sustainable energy systems. Yang sees revolutionary systems that can produce and store energy inexpensively and efficiently as a potential solution to energy and environmental crises. [Source:]

FEA sues state, DOE and school districts over 'Best & Brightest' program

The Florida Education Association, the state’s largest teachers union, along with seven Florida teachers are suing the state, the Florida Department of Education and all 67 public school districts. [Source: WUSF]

Alachua County: A college and college-prep community

Alachua County, home to the University of Florida and Santa Fe Community College, is known as an educational hub in the sunshine state. Unknown to many, however, are the vast number of academic opportunities available to students even before their undergrad and graduate school years. [Source: ]


› Pinellas votes 7-0 to help sue Legislature over new law favoring charter schools
They said they had no choice but to do it. They said they would rather reach a compromise. But Pinellas County school officials nevertheless moved ahead Tuesday with their long-discussed plans to join a lawsuit challenging a controversial education bill that, critics say, unfairly favors charter schools.

› Florida Keys schools to start reopening next week on staggered schedule
Schools in the Florida Keys will begin to reopen next week on a staggered schedule as the community begins to return to normal after Hurricane Irma.

› FAMU receives $20,000 grant from CVS Health Foundation
The University received a $20,000 grant from the CVS Health Foundation, , in partnership with the Truth Initiative and the American Cancer Society, which is designed to help 126 U.S. colleges and universities go 100 percent tobacco-free.

› Florida teacher has 80 books stolen from classroom during Hurricane Irma
A Tampa Bay-area teacher found an empty bookshelf when she returned to her classroom, which had served as a shelter for Hurricane Irma evacuees.

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