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August 14, 2018
Florida ranks 4th in 'Best High School' rankings

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Students from Plant High School in Tampa celebrate during commencement ceremonies at the Florida State Fairgrounds. Plant was one of several public high schools that finished well in this year's U.S. News & World Report rankings.

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Florida ranks 4th in 'Best High School' rankings

| 5/10/2018

Florida ranks 4th in 'Best High School Rankings'

A state-by-state breakdown of the 2018 Best High Schools by U.S. News finds Florida ranks as #4 best state in the nation. Massachusetts is #1, with 25.7 percent of their eligible schools earning gold and silver medals. California came in second with 25.4 percent. Maryland, the winner for the previous three years, finished third with 24.1 percent, and Florida came in fourth with 23.4 percent. Read more from the Orlando Sentinel and U.S. News & World Report.

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» Central Florida schools make list of top Florida high schools
» Most Collier high schools fall behind in U.S. News & World Report rankings

Interactive map: Average Florida teacher salaries by county

School districts all across Florida are wrestling with tough budget decisions ahead of the 2018-19 academic year. And many of those decisions involve teacher pay. View interactive map of the average teacher salary in every district, based on information from the Florida Department of Education. [Source: WTSP]

Critical need for nurses in Florida pushing universities to potentially expand programs

There’s a critical need for nurses in Florida, but few are available. The nursing shortage is due to lack of space to train future nurses. But Anne Nolan, director of FGCU’s nursing school, said it’s not just about limited school space and faculty. [Source: WINK News]

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» Florida International University Nursing Apprenticeships Promote Rural Primary Care

Florida Virtual teachers want answers before deciding whether to return to the state

Thirty-three Florida Virtual School teachers who live outside the state have one week remaining to decide whether they'll move to Florida or lose their jobs. Some of them have a few questions they'd like answered before they make their choice. [Source: Tampa Bay Times]

Ohio and Florida took on education reform, one fared better

When Ohio’s scores on the National Assessment of Education Progress, or NAEP, exam were released last month, they showed almost no academic growth for Ohio fourth and eighth graders, much like the rest of the country. In fact, Florida was one of the only states to show progress, especially with low-income and black students. [Source: WVXU]

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» New report finds USF among the nation's best at helping lower-income students succeed


› 2018 Statewide Job Fair for Florida universities' alums, students set for UCF
This year’s Statewide Job Fair held by Florida Career Centers — exclusively for students and alumni of the state’s 10 public universities — is set for Thursday at University of Central Florida.

› University of Florida Innovation Station Sarasota County looks to double enrollment
Ten students enrolled last fall as the inaugural class at Gator Engineering at State College of Florida in Venice. They were the first to take classes in the UF Innovation Station Sarasota County, established as a pathway to the Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering in Gainesville.

› Bright Futures expansion ready for summer
A popular scholarship program in Florida is expanding. For the first time in 17 years, top-performing students will be able to use their Bright Future scholarships to attend summer classes at state universities and colleges.

› Students showcase entrepreneurial spirit at Lynn University Innovation Challenge
This year’s Lynn University Innovation Challenge welcomed students and employees April 30, to pitch their business models to a panel of esteemed judges—Rhys L. Williams, FAU Tech Runway director; David Chitester, Florida Funders founder; and Debbie Langford, a small business marketing and expansion expert.

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