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January 21, 2019

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Florida education might get legislative respite in 2019

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Florida education might get legislative respite in 2019

Florida education could get a relative breather in 2019, as lawmakers focus their attention on other key issues including health care. That could mark a change of pace for the Legislature, which has adopted major education changes in both 2017 and 2018. [Source: Tampa Bay Times]

State school enrollment falls short overall, increases in Northwest Florida

While Florida’s school enrollment has reportedly failed to meet the state’s annual projections, the student population in Walton, Okaloosa and Santa Rosa counties has increased again this year. The state budget, passed during the 2018 legislative session, included funding for 2.848 million students in the 2018-2019 academic year. But only 2.831 million students enrolled in the 67 school districts. See the Enrollment Estimating Conference Summary and read more from the Northwest Florida Daily News.

USF shutters controversial Confucius Institute on New Year’s Eve

The University of South Florida has closed its Confucius Institute, a language and culture teaching center sponsored by the Chinese government that some had labeled a potential threat to the United States’ national security. After 10 years, the institute quietly closed on Monday, New Year’s Eve. [Source: Tampa Bay Times]

Lawmaker seeks tweak to Florida retirement laws, to help with teacher shortfall

Florida's teacher shortage has been well documented and growing. It has come at a time when national data show educators quitting the profession at the highest rate in years. A Sarasota Democrat hopes to ease the resulting burden school districts face with a simple tweak to state retirement laws. [Source: Tampa Bay Times]

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The Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Commission released its initial safety report on Wednesday following the Parkland shooting tragedy. The report makes several immediate recommendations in relation to school safety in Florida and calls for state government to help re-enforce compliance. See the report here and read more from , the Tampa Bay Times, and the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.

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