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Governor Ron DeSantis recognizes Florida's Teacher of the Year finalists

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Governor Ron DeSantis recognizes Florida's Teacher of the Year finalists

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Governor Ron DeSantis recognizes Florida's Teacher of the Year finalists

Governor DeSantis highlighted five teacher of the year finalists and awarded each one with a $15,000 bonus. Governor DeSantis also highlighted Florida’s continuing education achievements over the past year, including Florida’s ranking as third in the nation for K-12 achievement according to the latest Quality Counts report. [Source: Florida Department of Education]

NASA selects FAMU-FSU College of Engineering team for its University Leadership Initiative program

Louis Cattafesta, a FAMU-FSU professor of mechanical engineering, is the principal investigator. The group is partnering with the University at Buffalo, the University of Kentucky, Georgia Tech, Raytheon, Boeing and the Melbourne-based Advanced Magnet Lab. [Source: Florida Trend]

Statue of Florida educator Mary McLeod Bethune unveiled in U.S. Capitol

An 11-foot marble likeness of civil-rights leader and educator Mary McLeod Bethune was unveiled Wednesday in the U.S. Capitol, replacing a statue of a former Confederate general that represented Florida in the National Statuary Hall for nearly a century. During an unveiling ceremony, U.S. Rep. Frederica Wilson, D-Fla., described the change as “rewriting the history we want to share with our future generations. We are replacing a remnant of hatred and division with the symbol of hope and inspiration.” [Source: News Service of Florida]

UNF and Swisher partner to help underrepresented entrepreneurs

SThe University of North Florida’s Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation and Swisher are continuing their partnership program with the Swisher Growth Cohort for Underrepresented Entrepreneurs to educate and support innovators and entrepreneurs. The free eight-week program is designed for businesses operating for three to seven years or that have a minimum of $20,000 in annual revenue. The top pitch winners are awarded cash prizes at the conclusion of the program. [Source: Jacksonville Daily Record]

Hillsborough Schools ask voters to approve one-mil property tax increase to help hire teachers

Hillsborough school leaders are urging voters to approve a one-mil property tax increase when casting ballots in next month’s primary election. The cost to a homeowner with a $250,000 home would be $225 annually. “We’ve exhausted every avenue that we have,” Hillsborough Superintendent Addison Davis said. According to Superintendent Davis and the Hillsborough Classroom Teachers Association, educators are leaving for higher paying jobs in counties where voters already approved a similar increase. [Source: WFLA]


› FGCU researchers help create app for identifying venomous snakes
Researchers at Florida Gulf Coast University collaborated with scientists from all around the world to create an app that can help you quickly identify different snake species and whether or not they are venomous.

› UCF Athletics to score multimillion-dollar media rights deal for national marketing push
The University of Central Florida's athletic program may be on the verge of a major sports deal worth millions of dollars. UCF's Board of Trustees on July 12 will vote on a 13-year athletics multimedia rights deal worth $125 million between UCF Athletics Association Inc. and Philadelphia-based Playfly LLC.

› Florida Education Association endorses Janet Cruz for re-election
The Florida Education Association (FEA) is endorsing Sen. Janet Cruz as she runs for re-election to Senate District 14.

› Florida needs to clear up ambiguous new education laws, Orange County Schools says
School board learned more about recent laws passed by the Florida Legislature. The Orange County Public Schools’ board discussed two policies during their work session Tuesday; the focus was on instructional material selection, library material selection, and the process for challenging both.

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