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Florida schools need more nurses. Can they compete with employers who pay more?

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Florida schools need more nurses. Can they compete with employers who pay more?

School nurses are in short supply across Florida. A big part of the problem is a deficit in nurses overall — statewide reports project a shortfall of more than 50,000 in all venues by 2035. With the supply low, and demand great, they’re increasingly migrating to the employers who offer the best deal. And hospitals, which previously weren’t always keen on hiring licensed professional nurses instead of registered nurses, have entered the market. That’s left school districts near the low end of the scale. [Source: Tampa Bay Times]

Academics challenge Florida law restricting research exchanges from prohibited countries like China

Two graduate students from China whose studies were put on hold, and a professor who says he is unable to recruit research assistants, sued Florida education officials on Monday, trying to stop enforcement of a new state law which limits research exchanges between state universities and academics from seven prohibited countries. More from the AP and Florida Politics.

South Florida college courses prepare students for cruise industry jobs

South Florida colleges and universities are stepping up to educate prospective students about the multibillion-dollar cruise industry as the sector continues to attract travelers from around the world. With its major seaports and a rich maritime heritage, the region serves as an ideal hub for cultivating future leaders and professionals in the cruise industry. [Source: South Florida Business Journal]

Report: Florida's K-12 spending grew more slowly than most of the U.S.

A recent study has found that K-12 spending in Florida had one of the lowest increases nationally between 2002 and 2020. The Reason Foundation released the Public Education at a Crossroads study that showcases the spending habits of every state in regards to K-12 public education spending, enrollment levels, teacher salaries, and staffing - and data shows that Florida ranks 43rd in the nation. [Source: The Center Square]

Florida relaxes rules on teens working during school days

Gov. Ron DeSantis on Friday signed a measure that will ease decades-old regulations on the hours that 16- and 17-year-old Floridians can work. The bill (HB 49), one of 25 signed Friday by DeSantis, was toned down in the waning days of this year’s legislative session but still drew concerns about the impact of longer work hours on students’ studies and the potential use of teens to address labor shortages. More from the News Service of Florida and the Tampa Bay Times.

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› Florida Board of Governors considers changing how students meet civic literacy requirement
The Board of Governors is meeting Wednesday, March 27 to discuss a replacement for sociology as a core course and changes to civics literacy in Florida. Sociology was dropped to comply with restrictions on instruction around human sexuality. The Board, which oversees the state’s public universities, will vote on replacing sociology with an American History course as a general education core course option and a way to meet the state’s civic literacy requirement.

› Florida State faculty union accuses university of ‘unfair labor practices’
Florida State University’s faculty union last year filed a charge with the state against the FSU Board of Trustees for ‘unfair labor practices’ related to post-tenure faculty review. So far, things are working in the union's favor. As a result of the September 2023 complaint, a Florida Public Employment Relations Commission (PERC) hearing officer recently sent the panel a recommendation in support of the faculty union’s concerns.

› Leon County Schools seeking nearly $500K in state funds to upgrade security cameras
The Leon County Schools district is applying for $481,402 in grant funds from the Florida Department of Education to expand campus security measures, according to the district. According to the grant application, the district would invest the funds in many safety measures, but the bulk of the money would go toward replacing old security cameras.

› Florida Polytechnic University names 5 finalists to be next president
Florida Polytechnic University in Lakeland announced Monday that its presidential search committee has named five finalists for the school’s top job. The candidates each come from academic institutions, a departure from recent Florida university president searches that have resulted in the hiring of leaders from other professions.

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» Read bios of the five finalists here

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