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State revamps COVID-19 rule for schools

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State revamps COVID-19 rule for schools

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State revamps COVID-19 rule for schools

Pointing to a need to “minimize the amount of time students are removed from in-person learning,” the Florida Department of Health on Wednesday issued a revised rule that gives parents more authority to decide whether children go to school after being exposed to people who have COVID-19. The emergency rule also continues to require that parents be able to opt students out of school-mask requirements but includes a change that takes aim at some school districts that only allow opt-outs for documented medical reasons. [Source: News Service of Florida]

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UF researchers hope to make solar more useful during long power outages

A research team at the University of Florida has developed a system that can provide solar energy for homes during prolonged power outages. The Intelligent Control System is powered by rooftop solar energy and a battery but uses artificial intelligence to decrease the cost of keeping essential home appliances or devices running. By using “smart technology,” the system determines how much power and which appliances receive energy. [Source: Florida Trend]

What an end to standardized school testing could mean for Florida students and educators

The statewide exams, known as the Florida Standards Assessments are given annually to students in third through 10th grades to assess students' gains in English, math and other subjects. The tests are often referred to as “high-stakes exams” because passing reading scores are needed to move from third to fourth grade and in 10th grade to graduate. DeSantis said he wants to eliminate the exams and move to a different way of evaluating students. [Source: WUSF News]

Florida Prepaid College Tuition: $200 million in refunds unclaimed

More than 30,000 families have yet to claim over $200 million worth of refunds from Florida's Prepaid College Tuition Program, according to program officials. Prices for the prepaid plans were rolled back last year, as tuition at state colleges and universities had not increased in six years. This left some accounts paid off early, with refund balances due. On average, families that have not yet claimed their refunds have $4,700 waiting for them. [Source: News Service of Florida]

Want to attend law school in Florida? These have the highest Bar passage rates

The Florida Board of Bar Examiners released the results Monday for the most recent Bar exam administered in late July among Florida’s law schools. The results show the law schools of Miami-based Florida International University and Coral Gables-based University of Miami outperformed all other Florida law schools in their percentage of people who passed the Bar exam. Passing the general Bar exam, as well as passing an additional Multistate Professional Responsibility Exam, is required to practice law in the state. [Source: Miami Herald]

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