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FHSAA to potentially sanction esports in Florida schools

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FHSAA to potentially sanction esports in Florida schools

| 4/25/2024

FHSAA to potentially sanction esports in Florida schools

The Florida High School Athletic Association could potentially sanction competitive video gaming, or esports, as an official sport, amid growing interest from member schools. The FHSAA Board of Directors held a discussion about esports during a meeting in Gainesville Monday, with talks focusing on the share of Florida schools that would be interested in offering programs if the games are sanctioned as an official sport. [Source: News Service of Florida]

Florida’s women college graduates among most economically challenged in U.S.

Florida women graduating from college have some of the toughest financial challenges in the U.S. when it comes to finding affordable housing after they get their degrees, according to a new study conducted by Moving Astute, a moving and relocation service. The new study released this month shows that Florida is the fourth-most expensive state in the country for women getting their degrees. [Source: Florida Politics]

Florida schools won’t rush to shift start times, bus schedules

Citing student health needs, Florida lawmakers have mandated that school districts ensure that middle school classes start no earlier than 8 a.m., and high schools by 8:30 a.m. They have until fall 2026 to make it happen. So far, only a handful of districts have changed their schedules, most of which have high schools beginning their days much earlier in the morning. [Source: Tama Bay Times]

The importance of economic education in shaping Florida's future workforce

Economic literacy, aside from a kind of academic requirement, is, in actuality, a vital constituent of a well-to-do society. It provides such knowledge and allows people to weigh the possible results of their deeds, be responsible for their actions, and enhance their place in society. These educational resources are typically much more cost-efficient and may help shut out regional and economic disparities in the Florida economy. [Source: Islander News]

Should Florida Attorney General get involved in FSU vs. ACC lawsuits?

Attorney General Ashley Moody signaled her support for Florida State University’s appeal of a North Carolina judge’s decision to allow a lawsuit filed against the school by the Atlantic Coast Conference to proceed — and is asking her counterparts in six states to join her efforts. Florida State and the ACC are involved in a big-money legal battle centered on media rights, with court fights in North Carolina and Tallahassee as the school considers leaving the conference. More from the News Service of Florida and the Tampa Bay Times.

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› UF polymers can be catalyst for new era in manufacturing
One company with origins tracing back to a University of Florida laboratory is working to create a future where drug therapies come with fewer side effects, water bottles don’t have toxic nanoplastics or additives and vehicles can be more energy efficient. Oboro Labs, Inc., a new UF startup, is commercializing a patented catalyst enabling the mass production of cyclic polymers, discovered by The Veige Research Group in UF's department of chemistry.

› Quick transition of Broward schools superintendent raises questions
Peter Licata plans to start negotiating his exit as Broward schools superintendent Friday and could leave with a payout of about $192,000. He could also leave with a smaller amount or stay on as an employee until the end of the year, depending on what he and the School Board agree to. Licata, who has only worked for the district for nine months, announced at an April 16 meeting he planned to retire Dec. 31.

› Rollins College President Grant Cornwell to retire
Rollins College President Grant Cornwell will retire from Rollins College next year. The Winter Park-based private college announced that Cornwell will retire in June 2025. He first joined the college in 2015, and his retirement will mark 10 years of leadership in the role.

› ‘Food forests’ offer living lessons, cool shade at Miami-Dade schools. Program is growing
30 public elementary schools in Miami-Dade are a part of the Food Forests for Schools program planted by the non-profit, The Education Fund. The Miami-Dade non-profit sends a teacher to lead an outdoor classroom session once a week at the schools, and provides additional lesson plans that can be used by other teachers.

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