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December 17, 2018
Why millions of dollars set aside to protect Florida schools is going untouched

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Sgt. John Luckett of the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office holds up a sample of the uniforms that will be worn by the state-mandated security officers.

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Why millions of dollars set aside to protect Florida schools is going untouched

| 11/1/2018

Why millions of dollars set aside to protect Florida schools is going untouched

Millions of dollars that could be spent keeping children safe isn’t doing its job. The money, roughly $58 million, is sitting in Tallahassee because it can only be used for one thing: the Coach Aaron Feis Guardian Program, which allows school districts to arm employees. [Source: WINK News]

Florida education officials and local bookstores partner to help hurricane-impacted schools purchase new books

The Florida Department of Education, Florida Education Foundation (FEF) and independent booksellers across the state have joined together to host Re-book to Re-build: Hurricane Relief Fundraiser. A portion of sale proceeds on November 3 and 4 at participating bookstores will fund grants that will enable schools impacted by Hurricane Michael to re-stock their libraries and classrooms. Read the full announcement here and read more from WTXL.

Survey shows Florida tax credit scholarships broaden choices for low income families

A newly released survey of Florida tax credit scholarship recipients indicates the program greatly expanded the education options for the low income families the program serves. The report, conducted by the school choice advocacy group EdChoice, shows that fewer than 21 percent of the families would still send their children to private schools if the scholarship program did not exist. [Source: Tampa Bay Times]

Where support for college students is ‘high-tech, high-touch’

Florida is one of 35 states that tie college funding to graduation rates. But a new study,“The Pell Divide,” finds a difference in graduation rates between students who receive funding assistance from Pell Grants and those who don’t. [Source: PBS]

Medicare waste, fraud being detected by FAU computers

Researchers from Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton are teaching computers to detect Medicare waste and fraud. In a recently published study, FAU’s College of Engineering and Computer Science examined Medicare Part B data sets, a total of 37 million cases from 2012 to 2015. [Source: ]

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› FAMU pharmacy scientists to lead $16 million cancer research collaboration focusing on blacks and Latinos
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The University of South Florida Muma College of Business is home to a new laboratory that doesn’t consist of beakers and microscopes. Instead, it’s a high-tech virtual lab where students are learning the latest techniques in the fast-evolving, fast-growing world of cybersecurity.

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