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Climate change impacting higher education and future careers


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Climate change impacting higher education and future careers

| 10/12/2017

Climate change impacting higher education and future careers

While climate change and related sea level rise are still emerging priorities on the national and global consciousness, one of society’s most vital institutions — higher education — is already incorporating those daunting topics into its everyday thinking. At New College in Sarasota, several faculty members include climate change in courses pertaining to subjects that, on the surface, hardly seem associated with weather patterns — subjects ranging from anthropology to politics to urban design. [Source: Sarasota Herald-Tribune]

Florida’s schools — once integration’s great hope — are resegregating

In the years after the Supreme Court’s landmark 1954 decision in Brown v. Board of Education, many Southern states revolted against school desegregation orders. Not Florida. There, leaders accepted them. But there is growing evidence the schools in the nation’s third most-populous state are resegregating. More from the Washington Post, WTXL, and WCTV.

Higher education reforms — including Bright Futures expansion — remain top Senate focus

Undeterred by a veto from Gov. Rick Scott over the summer, Florida Senate leaders are making another go in 2018 at sweeping reforms to the state university system in an effort to make the state’s 12 public universities “world-class destinations.” [Source: Miami Herald]

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» Florida lawmakers set forth education funding priorities

Aspen Institute names top community colleges eligible for 2019 Aspen Prize

The Aspen Institute College Excellence Program today named the nation’s top 150 community colleges eligible to compete for the $1 million Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence, the nation’s signature recognition of high achievement and performance among America’s community colleges. Full news release from the Aspen Institute, here.

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» Editor's Column: Florida's state colleges are better than good enough

Florida PTA joins call for increased funding as schools take in Hurricane Maria refugees

The Florida PTA has lent its voice to the growing request that the state's public schools get adequate funding to serve students and teachers fleeing the devastation of Hurricane Maria, which slammed Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. [Source: Tampa Bay Times]

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» Florida Virtual School to enroll up to 20,000 Puerto Rican students


› University of Florida security costs top $500,000 for Richard Spencer's talk
To his scores of detractors, including UF's president, Richard Spencer is no more than a deplorable racist idealogue. Yet the university, bound by the First Amendment, has found itself playing host to his contentious talk with an estimated security price tag for UF, and taxpayers, of more than $500,000.

» See also: UF President Kent Fuchs urges students to ‘stay away' from Richard Spencer

› NWF State College competes for $1 million
Northwest Florida State College is one of 150 community colleges eligible to compete for the 2019 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence, it announced Wednesday. The Aspen Prize is the nation’s signature recognition of high achievement and performance in America’s community colleges.

› Central Florida's homeless students top 14,000
According to newly released research, nearly 15,000 students in Orange, Osceola, Seminole and Lake counties were identified as homeless in the 2015-16 school year — nearly four times the number a decade earlier.

› donates $50,000 to to Clay County School District presented a $50,000 check to the Clay County School District on Tuesday. The donation will provide five teachers with $3,000 in supplies, with the balance for the district’s science, technology, engineering and math fund.

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