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Florida to award $265 million in extra performance money to universities

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Florida to award $265 million in extra performance money to universities

Florida intends to distribute $265 million in “performance-based funding” to the state’s public universities based on measures like graduation rates; net tuition and fees; and the median wages of their alumni. The University of Florida is slated to receive the biggest award at $47.7 million. The rest of the state’s universities are to receive smaller slices. The Board of Governors, which oversees the state university system, plans to consider approving the funding on Thursday during a meeting conducted by video conference. [Source: Orlando Sentinel]

Parents, professors, and nonprofits join to petition against new civic literacy test

Families, college educators and nonprofit organizations filed an appeal Tuesday against the recent ruling by the State Board of Education to allow a 100-question multiple choice test to fulfill the state’s college-level civic literacy requirement. According to the new rule, students taking the Florida Civic Literacy Test will only need to answer 60% percent of the questions correctly to demonstrate civic literacy at a college-level understanding. There would no college classes needed. [Source: Florida Phoenix]

State abruptly ends teacher test fee waiver two months early

The idea received a warm welcome from teachers across Florida. The Department of Education, in response to financial stresses caused by COVID-19, waived the fees associated with renewing educators’ credentials and, because so many testing sites were closed, extended the deadlines to meet the criteria. [Source: Tampa Bay Times]

In-person ACT testing still set at schools in June

The number of sites won’t be as plentiful as usual. But for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic shuttered schools, Florida teens will have the chance to take the ACT test in June — even as campuses remain closed for summer course work. [Source: Tampa Bay Times]

Florida colleges and universities creating plans to re-open this fall

While Florida businesses are trying to figure out how, and how fast, to re-open, universities and colleges are doing the same. The State University System's Task Force has been working for several weeks now on a framework for all schools to follow. Governor Ron DeSantis made the announcement last week – that while schools must continue distance learning for now, they can begin creating plans to bring students back to campus this fall. [Source: ]

ALSO AROUND FLORIDA:

› Miami Dade College business innovation center goes virtual
Originally set to launch back in April, Miami Dade College’s new state-of-the-art Business Innovation and Technology (BIT) Center has gone fully virtual. Designed to explore the role of technology in digital transformation, process automation and analytics in the ever-changing business world, the BIT Center, which is an initiative of MDC’s Miguel B. Fernandez Family School of Global Business, Trade & Transportation, will focus on financial services, digital and social media industries.

› Florida Tech to offer STEM courses this summer for high school students
High school sophomores, juniors and seniors can experience an array of classes from one of higher education’s leaders in science, technology, engineering and math with Florida Tech’s STEM Pathway Summer Program launching June 22. In response to the disruptions in K-12 education caused by the coronavirus pandemic, Florida Tech is offering a six-week summer program specifically designed to prepare students with diverse backgrounds for the basic math and science courses that are essential for STEM degrees.

› Former St. Pete council member Karl Nurse announces School Board run
Karl Nurse, who spent 10 years on the St. Petersburg City Council, announced this week that he wants to return to public life as a Pinellas County School Board member. Nurse joins two other candidates for the District 7 seat, which represents most of St. Petersburg and is being vacated two years early by Rene Flowers, who is running for the County Commission.

› Bay District Schools to expand virtual education
As of now, Bay District Schools to start regularly for the next school year, but Bay Virtual School will likely expand. The district took a survey recently and a little over 28% of the parents preferred their children stick with distance learning in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. BDS has two options available for parents; they can send their kids back to schools regularly or they can choose to go virtual.

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