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Have input on Florida's school standards? Better be quick.

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Have input on Florida’s school standards? Better be quick.

Angling to stick to a set time frame, the Florida Board of Education has scheduled Feb. 12 as the date it intends to consider adoption of the state’s proposed new academic standards. That’s just two weeks after the Department of Education unveiled the detailed documents, which number 216 pages for math and 220 pages for language arts, and just three weeks after Gov. Ron DeSantis unveiled the overview to eliminating Common Core with the message “mission accomplished.” [Source: Tampa Bay Times]

Universities set up front-line defenses to keep coronavirus at bay

Florida health officials are letting the federal government lead the way in warning the public about the growing threat posed by the deadly coronavirus, but some leaders are pushing for stepped-up action in a state that is a magnet for travelers. Florida colleges and universities, where illnesses spread easily and where many also have students and staff traveling to and from China, have taken an aggressive stance toward getting out word on what to watch for. More from the Crestview Bulletin and Reuters.

Could Florida save millions with solar schools proposal?

With Gov. Ron DeSantis’ $600 million proposal to increase teacher salaries, many state legislators are scratching their heads to find ways to fund this bold initiative. One potential solution may come from an unlikely place. Democratic state Sen. Lori Berman (D-Boynton Beach) is advocating for a solar schools proposal that could make it easier for schools to save money on energy costs. [Source: The Floridian]

Should all Florida high schoolers have to take the SAT or ACT? Lawmakers say yes.

A sweeping bill that would both change testing requirements for K-12 students as well as the processes for low-performing schools passed its first committee on Tuesday. The bill contains several test eliminations, including the now-required high school reading test and the end-of-course geometry test, though the latter would require approval from the federal Department of Education. [Source: Tampa Bay Times]

Florida community college earns World Economic Forum honor with innovative education program

Tallahassee Community College has earned international recognition for its Digital Rail outreach program, a fully-equipped mobile unit that brings technology training to Tallahassee’s impoverished school neighborhoods. TCC was one of only two institutions from the United States making the 16-member list published during the World Economic Forum (WEF) held Jan. 21-24 in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland. The college shares the U.S. distinction with Prospect Charter School in New York, NY. [Source: ]

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› Florida Polytechnic University graduate lands lucrative Facebook deal
A Florida Polytechnic University alumnus is chasing down a $1 million deal with Facebook to run virtual reality gaming tournaments for the social media giant. Andre Ripley graduated from the Lakeland university last year and is already staring down the barrel of a lucrative career with the company he founded, Virtualities.

› Some Central Florida students could start school in afternoon under new proposal
An official with one Central Florida school district has floated an idea that would upend the traditional school day and give kids more flexibility. Osceola County School Board Chairman Kelvin Soto believes kids should have a choice as to when they start their day. He’s proposed a flex schedule that would allow students to start their day as late as 3 p.m.

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