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DeSantis suggests he will seek alternatives to the College Board

| 2/16/2023

DeSantis suggests he will seek alternatives to the College Board

As a feud over an African American studies course continues between Gov. Ron DeSantis’ administration and the College Board, the governor said that Florida will "look to re-evaluate" its relationship with the organization. Tension between Florida education officials and the College Board became public last month after the state objected to several topics that were proposed for inclusion in an Advanced Placement African American studies course that was being developed. [Source: News Service of Florida]

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The Florida Senate quickly approved legislation Friday to remove many state regulations on how college-level athletes can make money off of their image, name and likeness in order to align with guidelines issued by the National Collegiate Athletics Association on the matter. The Florida Senate unanimously approved the legislation, HB-7B, as part of a special session this week. The House also unanimously approved the measure on Thursday. The bill is now headed to the governor’s desk for consideration. [Source: Florida Phoenix]

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A Florida House panel on Tuesday took a first step toward shifting to partisan school-board elections and backed a proposal that would limit school-board members to eight years in office instead of the current 12. The state Constitution currently requires school-board races to be nonpartisan. But Rep. Spencer Roach, a North Fort Myers Republican who is sponsoring the proposed change, said adding partisan labels is a move toward “transparency on the ballot.” [Source: News Service of Florida]

Florida struggles with middle schools. One district is working on a solution

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› Jackson High School teacher named 2023 Duval County Teacher of the Year
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