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Florida school elections yield mixed results amid partisan politicking

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Florida school elections yield mixed results amid partisan politicking

| 8/25/2022

Florida school elections yield mixed results amid partisan politicking

Floridians shone a bright light on school board elections in the weeks leading up to Tuesday’s primary election, with activists from across the political spectrum stressing the importance of the traditionally under-watched nonpartisan local entities. All sides walked away with a little something. Supporters of Gov. Ron DeSantis and his conservative agenda saw their ranks grow on boards but his coattails were not all encompassing. [Source: Tampa Bay Times]

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FAMU-FSU College of Engineering researchers developing tool to predict hurricane debris road blocks

A team of researchers from the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering is looking to remote-sensing technology to find better ways of predicting where road clogging debris will be most severe following hurricanes. The college’s Resilient Infrastructure and Disaster Response team is investigating satellite images taken before and after hurricanes that have impacted Bay County in recent years, including Hurricane Michael, a Category 5 storm that devastated the region in October 2018. [Source: Florida Trend]

Here's what $1 billion in research spending does for UF and for Florida

The University of Florida has achieved $1 billion in research spending, an historic milestone that puts UF in a select group of about 15 public universities with expenditures of this magnitude. In this episode of From Florida, Vice President for Research David Norton explains what that means for UF, Gainesville and for the state. Produced by Nicci Brown, Brooke Adams, Emma Richards and James L. Sullivan. Original music by Daniel Townsend, a doctoral candidate in music composition in the College of the Arts. [Source: UF News]

A Florida district declines dictionary donations as it navigates a new book law

A school district in southwestern Florida has made headlines for rejecting a donation of dictionaries because of a freeze on new books in its libraries and classrooms. That freeze is temporarily in place while officials navigate a new state law that gives parents more control over the selection of reading and instructional materials in schools. More from NPR and Business Insider.

What monkeypox outbreak? Little planning by colleges as students resume classes

The attempt by colleges and universities to return to something resembling normal could be truncated by monkeypox, the virus that has steadily increased throughout the summer, challenging both the federal government and state and local public health officials. Higher education plans for dealing with monkeypox appear opaque or nonexistent. [Source: Florida Phoenix]

ALSO AROUND FLORIDA:

› Hillsborough school tax vote headed for recount. Here’s what happens next.
Barring unforeseen events, Tuesday’s referendum on a schools tax in Hillsborough County will go to a recount Friday morning. Voters cast 110,342 ballots in favor of the tax of $1 for every $1,000 in assessed property value, in a measure intended primarily to increase pay for school employees. They cast 110,961 votes against the tax. The 619-vote difference is 0.28% of the total votes cast, which is within the legal threshold for a mandatory machine recount.

› Florida McDonald’s awarding $100,000 in grants to benefit local K-12 students
Educators and individuals who represent programs and organizations that fuel students' imagination, education, and growth can apply for a Florida and South Georgia Golden Grant. This is the second year the state of Florida and South Georgia local owners and operators are funding the Golden Grants program. The program will award $100,000 in grants to various teachers and organizations to impact the lives of thousands of students positively.

› FSU’s new Student Union opens as cutting-edge ‘centerpiece of our campus’
Four restaurants, a 12-lane bowling alley, a sports bar and a ballroom so big it’s measured in acreage: Welcome to your new Student Union, Florida State University. And behold a formidable four-story facility devoted to taste, play, study, relaxation and community. At about 300,000 square feet and rising 80 feet from the heart of campus, the Student Union features a red-brick façade and soaring windows, ensuring that it both fits in and stands out.

› Miami Dade College finalist for award for aiding Hispanics
Miami is known for its large Latino population and so are Miami’s higher education institutions. Miami Dade College has made significant strides in making sure its Latino students are excelling in their educational pursuits. So Miami Dade College’s program Connect4Success has just been named a finalist for the 2022 Excelencia award.

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