May 7, 2021

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Our Florida Education Guide is the ultimate resource for comparing Florida’s post-secondary educational options. Learn everything you need to know about Florida’s colleges, universities and career/technical schools. [Source: Florida Trend]

Florida education commissioner asks for schools to cancel mask mandates

In a memo to district superintendents, Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran said face masks should be voluntary for the 2021-22 school year and not required. Currently, most Central Florida school districts mandate face masks on their campuses, as do many other, but not all, districts across the state. The final decision on mask mandates for next school year likely will be made by individual school boards. [Source: WFTS]

UF researcher sends cells to space to understand muscle loss

“Our experiment should provide some great insight into muscle cell biology by using the unique stress environment of microgravity,” says Siobhan Malany, Ph.D. Microgravity speeds up changes to muscle mass, making it possible to study what’s happening to the cells, said Malany, an associate professor of pharmacodynamics in the UF College of Pharmacy. Her most recent experiment — building on space research she did in 2014 and 2018 — launched Dec. 6, 2020 from Kennedy Space Center. [Source: UF News]

Fla. Education Association President explains this year's student testing

The Florida Department of Education says standardized tests will not be tied to student promotion and high school graduation this school year. It gives districts and schools local discretion to determine promotion and course grade decisions. Florida Education Association President Andrew Spar talked about new rules Tuesday on First Coast Connect with Melissa Ross. [Source: WJCT]

Efforts are making college education for deaf students more inclusive

Educational attainment for deaf people, according to the latest research from the National Deaf Center on Postsecondary Outcomes, has been increasing since 2008. In 2019, about 5 percent of deaf and hard-of-hearing adults under 65, according to census data, were enrolled in higher education. That's more than 190,000 people. Deaf students still face barriers in higher education, but some institutions, departments and individuals are making changes to make that education more advanced, inclusive and accessible. [Source: Inside Higher Ed]

ALSO AROUND FLORIDA:

› Many Florida colleges and universities planning in-person graduations; others going virtual
Many Florida colleges and universities have decided to go ahead with plans for in-person graduations and designed ceremonies allowing for increased sanitation and social distancing.

› Marion school board eyes Sears building as combined MTI, MTC campus
The former 129,000-square-foot Sears building at Paddock Mall is now being considered by the Marion County School Board as a new home for a joint vocational campus

› U.S. colleges divided over requiring student vaccinations
U.S. colleges hoping for a return to normalcy next fall are weighing how far they should go in urging students to get the COVID-19 vaccine, including whether they should — or legally can — require it.

› Lakeland's Aerospace Center for Excellence growing, educating the next generation
The Aerospace Center for Excellence is home to so many different entities, educating and encouraging the next generation of pilots, aviation technicians, mechanics and so much more.

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USF professor wins ‘Best Florida Film’ at St. Pete Film Festival
USF professor wins ‘Best Florida Film’ at St. Pete Film Festival

A professor at the University of South Florida can add “two-time award-winning filmmaker” to his résumé. Ryan Watson, a Mass Communications instructor, wrote and directed “The Ivory League: Confessions of a Black Faculty,” which premiered at the Sun Screen Festival in St. Petersburg on Friday.

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