May 28, 2020

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South Florida's Top 50 high schools

| 6/27/2019

South Florida’s top 50 high schools

New to the U.S. News & World Report's many education rankings is the best high schools by metro area feature, which revealed the top public schools in South Florida. The media company released evaluations of 933 of the nation's metro areas. Six factors were used in ranking the schools – graduation rates, college readiness, reading and math proficiency, reading and math performance, underserved student performance and college curriculum breadth. More from the South Florida Business Journal.

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Higher Ed graduation rates in Florida: Students as customers

Once upon a time, Florida’s public universities weren’t overly concerned if students took longer than four years to graduate with a bachelor’s degree — national rankings typically use only the six-year graduation rate in assessing schools’ effectiveness. But for the past five years, under Marshall Criser III, chancellor of the State University System of Florida, public universities have focused on improving both their four-year graduation rates and their retention rates. More from Florida Trend.

University of Florida to Lead Marijuana Research Consortium

The State University System of Florida Board of Governors has selected the University of Florida to lead a statewide consortium studying health outcomes related to medical marijuana. UF will lead the Consortium for Medical Marijuana Clinical Outcomes Research, which will be composed of public and private universities engaged in research on clinical outcomes of medical marijuana. Read more from WJCT.

Will new Lottery warning labels shortchange Florida’s education budget?

On Tuesday, legislative leaders sent DeSantis a bill (HB 629) that will require all Lottery tickets, advertisements and promotions to carry either the message of “WARNING: LOTTERY GAMES MAY BE ADDICTIVE” or “PLAY RESPONSIBLY,” beginning Jan. 1. The warning must cover at least 10 percent of the ticket’s surface. Florida would be the first state lottery in North America to require such a prominent warning, according to lottery industry officials. [Source: Florida Phoenix]

Ringling College Honored with 2019 Educational Fundraising Award from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education

Ringling College was chosen based upon a blind analysis of fundraising data from the past three years and is the only art and design college to win this year. The Overall Performance award recognizes colleges and universities that show solid program growth, breadth in the base of support and other indications of a mature, well-maintained program. More from CASE.


› Florida public school officials are still allowed to paddle little kids and teens
“In 2019, can you believe that the state of Florida still authorizes public schools to discipline our students using corporal punishment?” State Sen. Annette Taddeo, a Democrat representing Miami-Dade, asked senators. “Well I couldn’t believe it either.” Believe it.

› New scholarship at USF Sarasota-Manatee to assist graduates of Visible Men Academy
The University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee is excited to announce the creation of a scholarship to assist graduates of Visible Men Academy (VMA), a free public charter school that serves predominantly at-risk elementary-aged students in Bradenton and Sarasota.

› Bulls to Debut Adidas Lightest Weight Uniform
When USF football opens the 2019 season in an ESPN primetime clash with Wisconsin, the Bulls will be clad in the new adidas WVN A1 uniform, the newest creation in the adidas A1 uniform franchise, delivering advanced fit, feel and lightweight technical design for enhanced performance.

› ID scanners coming to Manatee County school buses
With hopes of cutting down on transportation headaches, the school district is installing and testing new equipment through 2020. The goal is to eventually track when students enter or exit a school bus, allowing the district to keep parents and state officials informed with quick, accurate information.

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