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Florida Board of Governors conducts review of university spending

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Florida Board of Governors conducts review of university spending

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Florida Board of Governors conducts review of university spending

Following the revelation that the University of Central Florida improperly used operating funds to construct a campus building, the Florida Board of Governors is asking all universities to review projects built over the last decade and report on how they were funded. In a letter by Board Chairman Ned Lautenbach, he writes, "We are requesting each university to undertake a review of the funding sources for all university capital projects approved by a board of trustees since July 1, 2008 to the present." See the letter here. See a chart with current allocations for performance-based funding. Also read more at WUFT and the Daily Business Review.

Florida teacher wins spot on national education board

A Florida teacher has been tapped for a four-year term on the National Assessment Governing Board, a high-level entity responsible for setting policy related to student performance measures. Nardi Routten, a fourth-grade teacher at Chester A. Moore Elementary School in Fort Pierce, is one of five educators announced to have been chosen for the board. See the announcement from U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos about the appointments, here. Also read more at TBO.com.

Florida School Boards Association focuses on funding, safety in its legislative agenda

If Florida school districts are to provide proper education in a secure environment, lawmakers need to well fund needed resources to do so, the Florida School Boards Association suggests in its 2019 legislative agenda. The FSBA, which represents members of all but three of the state's school boards, set four primary objectives in its platform, all of which relate to getting enough money into the education system for specific purposes. [Source: Tampa Bay Times]

UCF appoints black woman as provost for first time ever

For the first time in the school's 55-year history, a black woman will serve as provost and vice president for Academic Affairs at the University of Central Florida. UCF President Dale Whittaker, who formerly served in the position before replacing John Hitt as the school's president, announced the appointment of Elizabeth Dooley, who had been serving as in the position on an interim basis. More from WKMG and the Orlando Sentinel.

Opinion: Giving inmates access to college-level education makes the community safer

Earlier this year, Gov. Rick Scott signed into law legislation that authorized the use of state funds for the administrative costs of providing postsecondary workforce programs in prison. The increased flexibility has come at a critical time. [Source: ]

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