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September 22, 2018
Lawmakers getting closer on higher ed overhaul

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Rep. Shevrin Jones, the ranking Democrat on the House Education Committee, talks with House Speaker Richard Corcoran earlier this year.

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Lawmakers getting closer on higher ed overhaul

| 3/1/2018

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]

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Despite Parkland’s opposition, Florida House panel votes to arm teachers

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]

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» Gov. Rick Scott unveils $500 million school safety plan
» Public to Volusia School Board: Don’t arm teachers
» Pinellas School Board votes 6-1 to support ban on assault weapons

E-learning Craze: Is it as effective as traditional schooling?

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]

Broward College creates student venture fund for entrepreneurs

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 return to Stoneman Douglas High for first day of classes since shooting

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
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
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
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
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.

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