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Future's so bright, state must pony up more to pay for scholarships
Future’s so bright, state must pony up more to pay for scholarships
Apparently, the future is so bright for Florida’s young scholars that the state’s primary college tuition assistance fund needs a $25.3 million boost to pay for all the scholarships students have earned this year. The Joint Legislative Budget Commission, which is made up of House and Senate leaders and can make mid-year budget changes, is scheduled to take up the issue Thursday. More from CBS Miami and the Florida Watchdog.
While other areas of the country the same size as the Orlando area might have 20 or 30 colleges/universities to serve a population of roughly 2.3 million, Valencia joins only the University of Central Florida (UCF) and Seminole State College as local public institutions, along with private Rollins College. [Source: Florida Trend]
The university says “human error” in the admissions office resulted in 680 applicants receiving an acceptance email while only 250 of them have actually been admitted. Now, the university is in the process of contacting each of the recipients of the mistaken email to answer questions and "discuss possible pathways for admission" in the future. More from the Tampa Bay Times and WFTS.
Florida’s teachers and students should be proud of their efforts, as Florida’s high school graduation rate hit a new high of 86.1 percent in 2018, up from an abysmal 58.8 percent in 2006. However, there is still more work to be done. [Source: Tampa Bay Times]
State Sen. Janet Cruz filed a bill Tuesday that would return the state Commissioner of Education job to the ballot. “Floridians deserve the right to vote for who is leading our education system,” the Tampa Democrat said. “Voters currently have no direct influence on state education policy and this resolution seeks to put an end to that.” [Source: ]
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A three-month probe into improper spending at Florida's largest university has resulted in the firing of four school administrators. University of Central Florida President Dale Whittaker announced on Friday that he had begun the process to terminate the four officials.
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E. Ray Solomon, who is credited with championing the growth and reputation of Florida State University’s College of Business during his 17-year tenure as dean, died at his home in Tallahassee Monday. He was 89.
› Blue Origin rocket launches with UCF, UF experiments on board
Blue Origin launched its New Shepard rocket NASA-selected experiments on board, including one from the University of Central Florida. UCF’s Collisions Into Dust Experiment, or COLLIDE, is a microgravity test examining how particles react in space. The University of Florida’s experiment will test a biological fluorescent imaging device developed for the International Space Station.
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