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Proposal would cover 100% of Florida college tuition — with 1 big condition


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Proposal would cover 100% of Florida college tuition — with 1 big condition

| 9/28/2017

Proposal would cover 100% of Florida college tuition — with 1 big condition

A South Florida lawmaker wants to send Florida students to college for free, as long as they agree to work in the state when they graduate. The “Sunshine Scholarship Program,” as Rep. Shevrin Jones, D-Broward, dubbed it, covers tuition 100 percent for Florida students who meet certain conditions. See full text of the bill here. Also read more at the Miami Herald and WESH.

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» Do you like the idea of state paying 100% of tuition, if the student stays in Florida and works after graduation? (quick poll)

Study: Florida private school choice program sees gains

Low-income students in Florida who attended private schools using a credit scholarship program were more likely to go to college than their peers in public schools, according to a study released Wednesday. The study, "The Effects of Statewide Private School Choice on College Enrollment and Graduation," by the Urban Institute, cites evidence from the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship Program. Also read more at the AP and U.S. News & World Report.

In dollars: How valuable are Florida's university football programs?

The University of Florida football program is valued in a new study at $682 million, making it the most valuable university team in the state but still worth far less than several college programs topping $1 billion. [Source: Tampa Bay Times]

FBI report breaks down crime stats for Florida's public colleges

According to the FBI's 2016 crime statistics, Florida State University had the highest violent crime count of any public college in the state -- and that's not all. The report says the FSU leads in multiple crime categories to include rape, property crime, larceny, and motor vehicle theft. [Source: WTXL]

Florida is one of the worst states for teachers, study says

A new study supports what many local educators have long suspected: Florida is one of the worst places to be a teacher. Florida ranks fifth from the bottom out of the 50 states and Washington, D.C., according to a study from the personal finance website WalletHub. See more findings from the study, here. Also read more at the Miami Herald and FOX4.

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» Why Florida teachers are suing the state over its ‘Best and Brightest’ bonus program


› Puerto Rico’s students may have lost a campus. But a Miami college is offering a home
Miami Dade College on Wednesday morning offered in-state tuition to displaced college students from Puerto Rico following the devastating destruction to the island last week by Hurricane Maria.

› FAU's A.D. Henderson among Florida's best public schools
Florida Atlantic University’s A.D. Henderson University School has been named the No. 2 Best Public Elementary School in Florida by Niche, the largest website for researching public and private K-12 schools.

› Florida extends continuing education deadline for insurance professionals
To help accelerate Hurricane Irma recovery efforts across Florida, CFO Jimmy Patronis announced an extension of continuing education deadlines for licensed insurance professionals in Florida.

› There's still time to suggest education amendments to Florida's constitution
Florida's political leaders have already signaled their desire to change the state constitution so funding public school choice is easier. They're not the only ones who get to offer amendment ideas, though.

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