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In narrow victory, Miami Dade College adjunct professors win right to form union

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In narrow victory, Miami Dade College adjunct professors win right to form union

The part-time professors, who make up a majority of MDC’s total faculty, won a narrow 14-vote victory on Wednesday to form a union with the Florida arm of the Service Employees International Union to lobby for increased wages, health benefits, added transparency in course assignment and — most importantly — negotiating power. [Source: Miami Herald]

Florida universities test cyber threats to autonomous vehicles and drones

Florida Polytechnic University researchers are using new types of cyber attacks to improve the security and resiliency of cyber-physical systems (CPS), such as autonomous vehicles and unmanned aerial vehicles (drones). The research project is in collaboration with Dr Navid Khoshavi, assistant professor of computer science at Florida Polytechnic University, and Dr Kan K Yen, professor of electrical engineering at Florida International University. [Source: Traffic Technology Today]

Florida spent $69M on mental health in schools after Parkland, but almost nothing for suicide prevention, PTSD

Though school districts outlined spending those mental health dollars to hire hundreds of counselors, therapists and other mental health personnel, only a handful of plans explicitly flagged suicide prevention programs as a central focus. Seventeen of the 67 counties’ plans didn’t mention suicide or suicide prevention at all. [Source: Times/Herald]

USF names new president of university system following six-month national search

After a six-month search, University of South Florida officials selected Steve Currall to become the school’s next president. Currall, the provost and vice president for academic affairs at Southern Methodist University, is set to become the university system’s seventh president when President Judy Genshaft steps down on July 1 after serving 19 years. [Source: Bradenton Herald]

Florida's only "fundamental" high school flourishing in Pinellas County

It looks like most other high schools in Tampa Bay, but Osceola High in Seminole is one of a kind in Florida. It’s Florida’s first and only fundamental high school. The fundamental structure centers around parent involvement. There are mandatory meetings with teachers every month. Parents even have to sign homework assignments. [Source: ]

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› USF study identifies mental health care gaps in Sarasota
The Charles and Margery Barancik Foundation and Gulf Coast Community Foundation commissioned the University of South Florida to conduct a scan of mental health services in May 2018. The goal was to identify strengths and gaps in the system and prioritize ways to make the system work for youth and families.

› Should parents be able to ‘opt out’ their children from having an armed teacher?
Democratic Sen. Annette Taddeo of Miami proposed an amendment that would allow parents to “opt out” their child from a classroom with an armed teacher. She likened the proposal to parents’ rights to opt their children out of certain testing and physical education requirements.

› Florida Attorney General asks court to shut down alleged diploma mill
Attorney General Ashley Moody filed a court action in Hillsborough County on Monday to shut down what she calls a Florida diploma mill. The action comes after complaints against Ellenwood Academy, LLC for deceptive marketing of illegitimate high school diplomas to consumers in Florida and nationwide.

› Alzheimer’s in dolphins? This Florida university study points to toxic algae
Toxic algae blooms may be to blame for a brain disease found in dolphins that researchers are saying is similar to Alzheimer’s. A recent study by the University of Miami published Wednesday shows the toxin BMAA and its degenerative damage to dolphins, which is likened to symptoms of diseases like Alzheimer’s, Lou Gehrig’s disease and Parkinson’s in humans.

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