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Florida university students sue for spring-semester refund

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Florida university students sue for spring-semester refund

With the coronavirus shutting down state university campuses in March, at least two potential class-action lawsuits have been filed seeking refunds of money that students paid for the spring semester. A federal lawsuit filed Monday against the University of Florida’s Board of Trustees alleges that named plaintiff Dylan Egleston and other spring UF students are entitled to reimbursement of tuition and fees because they were forced to take classes online for part of the semester. More from Orlando Weekly and WFLA.

Florida Department of Education looking for parent feedback on summer programs, starting school year

As parents anxiously await the rebound following the closure of schools due to COVID-19, the Florida Department of Education has launched a survey asking parents for their feedback on essential questions like when to reopen campuses for summer programs and when to start the school year. The short, two-minute survey is for parents, educators and students across Florida to include and incorporate their opinions on the next step for education due to COVID-19. More from WFTS and WTVT.

Florida college grads face uncertain job market

The Class of 2020 graduates into an American economy awash in uncertainty as many companies have frozen or delayed hiring. The National Association of Colleges and Employers reported in a survey of more than 400 employers, about 59% had no plans to revoke offers to 2020 college graduates as of May 1. Another 19%, though, indicated they were considering revoking offers. [Source: Sarasota Herald-Tribune]

Is the Florida State Board of Education dumbing down college civics requirements?

From the principles of democracy to the history of our nation and the building blocks of government, civic literacy is important – so important that it’s a graduation requirement for first-time college students entering Florida’s public community colleges. Those kids have to “demonstrate competency” in the subject to graduate, but controversy is brewing on what that means and whether Florida is moving to dumb down the civics requirement. [Source: Florida Phoenix]

Florida teachers win six-month extension to renew certification, endorsements

Since the state closed many operations because of Covid-19, many Florida teachers have struggled to complete the work needed to complete their certification and endorsement requirements. Calling the issue “critical,” Florida education commissioner Richard Corcoran suspended the expiration of all certifications, along with training endorsements in such areas as reading and English-language learning, through the end of 2020. [Source: ]

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The College of Central Florida’s Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education has attained its highest score since it graduated its first class in 2013, earning a 3.5 out of 4.0. CF’s ranking by the Florida Department of Education is based upon students’ completion and retention rates while in the program and graduates’ job placement rate and teacher evaluations during their first year of professional teaching.

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