Appeals court dismisses Florida school funding lawsuit
Florida's First District Court of Appeal has agreed with the trial court against a group of parents who complained the state had violated its constitutional role to fund an "an efficient, safe, secure and uniform high-quality education. See the court ruling here. Also read more at the Tampa Bay Times, the AP, and the Orlando Sentinel.
"State" colleges could become "community" colleges once again, and only 20 percent of their students could pursue four-year bachelor’s degrees, under a 2018 session bill. The bill (SB 540) also would shift oversight to a new 13-member, governor-appointed panel that could lessen local control. [Source: TCPalm]
Despite widespread frustration with the outsize costs of college, pay packages for private college presidents have continued to climb at a rapid clip, according to annual numbers compiled by The Chronicle of Higher Education. [Source: Tampa Bay Times]
The Florida legislature passed HB 7069 last session and Governor Rick Scott signed it into law this summer. In reaction to the bill, school boards across the state joined a lawsuit to block it. It’s a massive piece of legislation that touches several aspects of the state’s education system, from testing standards to requiring recess. Full story from WMFE, here.
A new multi-institution research center will focus on helping the Gulf coast do better at preparing for and mitigating the damage and loss of lives from hurricanes and other severe storms. The institute includes seven universities located in states spanning the Gulf of Mexico, including the University of Miami (UM) and the University of Florida. [Source: U Miami News]
› UCF food pantry sees big jump in need from students [Orlando Sentinel]
Prompted by Hurricane Irma, the University of Central Florida’s pantry has seen a sharp rise in students seeking food, toiletries and clothing. The Knights Helping Knights pantry recorded about 3,400 student visits in October and almost as many the following month, up from 1,900 visits in September.
› Women at UF choose life sciences over computer engineering [Gainesville Sun]
Enrollment data from fall 2015 shows overwhelming differences between men and women majors in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) in UF’s Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering, compared with women in STEM majors considered life sciences.
› Broward College President David Armstrong to retire [South Florida Sun-Sentinel]
David Armstrong plans to retire as president of Broward College, after a decade marked by expansion, national accolades and friction among faculty.
› Florida State again one of the nation’s most efficient universities [FSU News]
For the sixth consecutive year, Florida State University is among the most efficient of the nation’s highest ranked universities, according to a new list by U.S. News & World Report. The list is based on the operating efficiency of the schools in the top half of U.S. News’ 2018 Best Colleges rankings.