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August 23, 2019

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Ron DeSantis and GOP poised to redefine Florida public education

| 3/7/2019

Ron DeSantis and GOP poised to redefine Florida public education

With a much more conservative Florida Supreme Court and a Legislature dominated by fellow Republicans, there is little to stop DeSantis from realizing former Gov. Jeb Bush’s vision for overhauling public education.

With a few words to a small crowd in Orlando last month, Gov. Ron DeSantis laid out a vision that, if realized, could rock the foundations of Florida’s public education system.

“For me, if the taxpayer is paying for the education, it’s public education,” the new governor said.

It doesn’t matter if the money goes to a public or private school — or even to homeschooling, he added. “To me, that is all the public’s commitment to make sure our kids have the best education.”

Read more from the Miami Herald.

New bill proposes major changes to Florida’s teacher certification process

The Senate Education committee recently filed SPB 7070, a bill aimed at removing barriers to Florida’s teacher certification process. An additional bill, SB 1576 also includes changes that will impact thousands of aspiring teachers who have taken and repeatedly failed the state’s controversial Florida Teacher Certification Exam, or FTCE. The licensing exam is a must-pass for teachers who want to teach in public schools. [Source: ABC News]

Give Florida tests in languages beyond English, state lawmakers say

A pair of Miami Democrats have filed companion bills (SB 1590 / HB 1213) that would allow Florida students still learning English to take state tests in their native language.

If approved, the measure would accomplish what many civil rights advocates tried unsuccessfully to get the state Department of Education to do as part of its federal Every Student Succeeds Act plan. State officials refused to include a provision to offer the tests in languages other than English, despite federal guidelines that urge states to make “every effort” to do so. [Source: Tampa Bay Times]

Women’s sports have became the backbone of Florida athletics

There’s a reason the University of Florida is known as the everything school. Aside from a top-10 ranking among the country’s public schools, Florida’s athletic achievements and rankings are second to none. [Source: FanBuzz]

UWF students propose solutions to secure, safeguard voter information

UWF students are taking steps to create awareness and solutions for registered voter impersonation and misrepresentation, and their proposed solutions are receiving statewide recognition. Through a sponsorship from the UWF College of Business’s Center for Entrepreneurship, junior mechanical engineering major, Samantha Brown, and senior computer science major, Christian Um Kaman recently participated in the 2019 Future of Florida Summit, where this year’s topic was Technology and Public Policy.

Students from 20 universities and colleges gathered at the University of Florida to draft a public policy pilot project that utilizes advances in technology and can be implemented in both state and local government election processes. [Source: UWF News]

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