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Nearly 3,000 more COVID-19 cases related to FL schools; at least 100 infections in each of eight counties

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Nearly 3,000 more COVID-19 cases related to FL schools; at least 100 infections in each of eight counties

| 11/12/2020

Nearly 3,000 more COVID-19 cases related to FL schools; at least 100 infections in each of eight counties

Eight Florida counties had 100 or more COVID-19 infections related to public and private K-12 schools last week, new data show, with two counties — Miami-Dade and Broward — reporting more than 250 cases. The figures include students, teachers, staff, and other cases, according to the Florida Department of Health. [Source: Florida Phoenix]

Top firms eager to lead Florida State University's presidential search

Four national executive search firms – whose base fees range from $90,000 up to $145,000 – are vying for the contract to lead the effort to identify Florida State University’s next president. Each firm has an extensive record in higher education presidential searches and has previously worked on various Florida State University searches. [Source: Tallahassee.com]

Higher Ed goes ACT/SAT-optional due to COVID-19 – but not in Florida

As the pandemic has made it difficult for students to take SAT or ACT tests, colleges and universities across the country have waived the requirement for admissions. However, the state of Florida has resisted relaxing the rules. The effects on its school system are clear. Fall applications to all 12 campuses within the Florida state university system are way down, up to 50 percent of last year. [Source: The College Post]

FGCU named among ‘Top 50 Green Colleges’ by Princeton Review

The Princeton Review has named Florida Gulf Coast University one of the nation’s most environmentally responsible colleges or universities. Coming in at No. 32, FGCU was the only school in Florida to make the “Top 50 Green Colleges” list, out-ranking Virginia Tech, Michigan State University, Emerson College, New York University and Arizona State University, among others. [Source: Naples Florida Weekly]

USF trustees criticize how leaders handled College of Education plan

Administrators at the University of South Florida faced tough criticism Tuesday from USF’s board of trustees for how they released the news last month that undergraduate programs in the College of Education might be phased out. Trustee Byron Shinn said he heard it from a donor to the college and couldn’t believe it. He said he had to call university leaders to confirm it. [Source: Tampa Bay Times]

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It’s been more than two weeks since the University announced in an Oct. 23rd email that the board voted not to recognize the union and would be going with w new form of shared governance.

› UCF hospitality students worry for careers as tourism world is ‘turned upside down’ by COVID-19
Corey Clancy seemed to be doing all the right things: Taking classes at UCF’s Rosen College of Hospitality Management in the I-4 tourism corridor and working part-time at Disney’s BoardWalk Resort on the side. Then the coronavirus pandemic struck.

› UWF student campaigning to switch campus to 100% renewable energy by 2050
A University of West Florida student is asking the school to commit to converting its entire campus to renewable energy by 2050. Jay McGee, a UWF senior majoring in marine biology and environmental science, also is a product intern for Environment Florida and the UWF renewable campus campaign lead.

› Zucker stepping down after 22 years on Sarasota School Board
When Caroline Zucker got home from her first Sarasota County School Board meeting in 1992, she knew she was in over her head. She had run to “be the voice of the children.”

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