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FHSAA considers compensation for student athletes

| 5/16/2024

FHSAA considers compensation for student athletes

The governing body that oversees high-school athletics in Florida could soon approve a proposal that would lead to high-school athletes getting paid through business agreements such as endorsement deals. The Florida High School Athletic Association held a discussion Tuesday about a potential change to the organization’s bylaws that would allow student-athletes to profit from their name, image and likeness under what is commonly known as an NIL policy. [Source: News Service of Florida]

FAFSA delays impact Florida students as college enrollment deadlines loom

The new federal student aid form, or FAFSA, has been marked with errors and delays since its rollout last December. Some colleges and universities pushed back their commitment deadlines as they scrambled to get financial aid packages to prospective students, who rely on the aid to attend college. But issues are now running up against even the extended deadlines. [Source: WFSU]

A discussion about the state's shrinking public school districts

Although Florida’s population is increasing, the number of students in its public schools is decreasing. Duval County Public Schools has 30,000 fewer students than it did a decade ago. It's now considering a plan to close nearly 30 schools. Megan Mallicoat, education reporter for Jacksonville Today, said an outside consultant recommended closing schools after taking a broad view of the school system. [Source: WLRN]

Florida Department of Education honors top STEM students

Over 100 scholars attended the 2024 Sunshine State Scholars Conference, with 37 students earning 1-year scholarships. With more than 111 student-scholars and their families in attendance, the two-day event, co-hosted by the Florida Department of Education and the Florida Education Foundation, celebrated the remarkable achievements of these young scholars. [Source: WUSF]

Florida’s new education laws carry less impact than in past years

With little of the attention he’s given to other legislation this year, Gov. Ron DeSantis on Thursday quietly signed two bills touted for removing “onerous” bureaucracy and red tape from public education. The measures (SB 7002 and 7004) ended some reporting requirements for school districts but didn’t go as far as some advocates had hoped. Provisions to scale back high-stakes testing, for example, were stripped from the bills before they landed on the governor’s desk. [Source: Tampa Bay Times]


› Could two school referendums on Hillsborough’s ballot spell doom for both?
The showdown played out publicly during a Hillsborough County Commission meeting earlier this year. Hillsborough Commission chairperson Ken Hagan and others have expressed concerns that voters might reject two requests on the same ballot —both that would benefit schools — if they viewed the taxes as “double dipping.”

› Florida State University Panama City expands educational opportunities with generous grant
Florida State University in Panama City is expanding its programs creating more opportunities for education in Bay County. “One of the things we love about our programs are that they are cross-generational,” said Debbi Whitaker, Director of the Collegiate school at FSU Panama City. The St. Joe Community Foundation donated a total of $80,000 to FSU-PC.

› Broward school proposal aims to gain $6.7 million without closing schools
Broward schools’ latest plan to deal with dwindling enrollment may be to compete rather than close. Superintendent Howard Hepburn has dropped his proposals to close three schools in 2025 and to remove the Montessori magnet program from Virginia Shuman Young in Fort Lauderdale, to the relief of those who fought against those changes.

› USF names new Muma College of Business dean
The University of South Florida this week announced the appointment of David Blackwell as the new Lynn Pippenger Dean of the Muma College of Business. Blackwell comes to USF after serving as associate dean for professional graduate programs at the University of Kentucky’s Gatton College of Business and Economics.

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