January 21, 2019

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A Watchful Eye: Lawmakers restrict public spending by university foundations

| 6/21/2018

A Watchful Eye: Lawmakers restrict public spending by university foundations

Richard Corcoran’s legacy as Florida House Speaker includes restrictions on the use of public funding by university foundations. Corcoran argues that the foundations should be able to do their jobs without tax dollars, adding that if other nonprofits can do it, “so can they." [Source: Florida Trend]

Florida releases 2018 test results for reading, math, science and social studies

Florida students posted higher scores this year than last on state math, science and social studies exams and, in some grades, did better on state reading tests, too, according to results released late last week by the Florida Department of Education. [Source: South Florida Sun-Sentinel]

Nine months after hurricanes, Puerto Rican students continue to apply to Florida colleges

Students from Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands continue to flock to Central Florida colleges and universities, which have offered in-state tuition to people from areas affected by Hurricane Maria. At the University of Central Florida, 448 students from the islands have applied to attend during the fall or summer semesters. [Source: Orlando Sentinel]

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USF creates cybersecurity bachelor's degree program

A new bachelor’s in cybersecurity, housed in the college’s Department of Computer Science and Engineering, is the first undergraduate degree program of its kind among Florida’s 12 public universities. “Cybercrime shows no signs of slowing down and the high demand for cybersecurity workers, coupled with a limited supply of talent, means that graduates going into the field can earn high salaries performing a variety of jobs,” said Robert H. Bishop, Dean of the USF College of Engineering. More from USF News and WTSP.

Miami schools chief: Why didn't feds tell us about immigrant children in Homestead?

Alberto Carvalho is miffed. Breaking from its usual practice, federal government sent more than 1,000 immigrant kids to a shelter in southern Miami-Dade County and didn't tell him. As superintendent of Miami-Dade schools, it's Carvalho's responsibility to provide an education to all youths within his jurisdiction. [Source: ]


› TCC to become new home for Troops to Teachers program in Florida
Tallahassee Community College and the Florida Department of Education have announced a new partnership to bring the Troops to Teachers program back to Florida. Troops to Teachers is a nationwide program designed to help transitioning service members and veterans begin new careers as K-12 school teachers.

› New dorm still coming to USF St. Petersburg, but in a smaller package
Originally pitched as a nine- or 10-story, 550-bed dorm for the overcrowded University of South Florida St. Petersburg campus, USF’s latest residence hall project will likely look much different by the time it’s done.

› Florida A&M forges ahead with focus on wellness, fitness options
University administrators announced they are getting on board with the Partnership for a Healthier America’s Healthier Campus Initiative, joining nearly 70 other colleges or universities nationwide in establishing a culture of promoting wellness, exercise and provide healthier food options on campus.

› Florida Coastal School of Law seeks restraining order against ABA
Florida Coastal School of Law has asked a federal judge to halt new disclosures the American Bar Association has required the troubled school to make to its students, arguing the requirements will undermine its efforts to improve.

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