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‘It just devastated me': Florida law grads left hanging after bar exam called off

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‘It just devastated me': Florida law grads left hanging after bar exam called off

| 8/19/2020

‘It just devastated me’: Florida law grads left hanging after bar exam called off

fter moving the test online because of COVID-19, the Florida Board of Bar Examiners has called off a plan to hold the Bar exam on Wednesday because it was not “technically feasible.” The board announced late Sunday that the exam will take place “on a date to be determined in October.” Applicants who signed up for the exam, originally slated to be in person in late July, can also wait until February to take the test, the announcement said. More from CBS Miami., Forbes, and the Tallahassee Democrat.

Florida Education Association school re-opening lawsuit case continues after failed mediation

After both sides failed to reach a compromise Tuesday in mediation, the case between Florida's education officials and the largest teacher's association over the state's reopening plan returns to the virtual courtroom. The lawsuit centers around the state’s mandate that brick and mortar schools reopen by August 31 or risk losing funding. Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran issued the emergency order on July 6. More from FOX 13 and WFTS.

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NASA grant helps UCF team develop method to extract lunar ice

Lunar mining will grow ever important as the United States seek to establish a presence on the moon. While the Trump administration is drafting international agreements — known as the Artemis Accords — to govern mining on the moon, some Central Florida scientists are working on low-energy and cost-effective techniques to extract lunar deposits. [Source: Florida Trend]

COVID-19 has colleges desperate for donations as fall semester 2020 looms

Long before the coronavirus hit the United States, cash-strapped public higher education systems looked to private donors to offset the steady decline in public funding, sometimes with significant secrecy and strings attached. Critics fear the economic downturn could give donors more leverage to quietly influence curriculum, hiring and scholarships. Open government laws in many states already allow donors to demand that the public — including students and faculty — be kept in the dark. [Source: Ocala Star-Banner]

USF, graduate assistant union agree on contract

After months of tense bargaining sessions and demonstrations, the University of South Florida and the union representing graduate assistants have agreed on a new contract. The university has agreed to cover the full rise in the cost of the health insurance premiums that graduate students pay, essentially preserving the provisions of the previous contract. [Source: ]

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Florida came in 25th highest in a new study by the WalletHub website that examines equality between white and Black students in educational progress among the 50 states, based on six key dimensions. Florida earned a total score of 45.67 in the study by the personal finances website, with the maximum score being 100.

› Florida school districts seek more money to pay for PPE
In a school district warehouse in Tampa, boxes of personal protective equipment or PPE are being stored and delivered to public schools across the district every day. As of Tuesday, the Hillsborough County School District’s stockpile of PPE supplies included nearly 25,000 hand sanitizers, nearly a half-million pair of gloves, and one million masks.

› UF College of Pharmacy receives record $28.3M in research awards
The University of Florida College of Pharmacy received a record $28.3 million in research awards in 2019, which moved the college higher in the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, or AACP, research rankings. The college’s $28.3 million in research awards tops the $23.7 million earned in 2018. That year, UF ranked No. 4 among colleges of pharmacy in NIH and total funding and No. 5 in federal funding.

› Welcome, now spread out: Students start dorm life in a pandemic
A week before classes are scheduled to start — with the coronavirus still spreading in Florida, albeit more slowly than before — masked students on Monday moved into Osprey Suites, a newly opened $33 million residence hall designed to attract more students to USF's small downtown campus.
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