Where did all of Florida’s ‘community’ colleges go?
Florida "community colleges" would continue to be a vanishing breed under a proposal that will be considered during the legislative session that starts next week. If HB 619 is approved by the Legislature, it would mean only two institutions — Tallahassee Community College and Hillsborough Community College — would retain the community label in the 28-school system. More from the Tampa Bay Times and the Orlando Sentinel.
This academic year, in-state students at Florida’s 12 universities will pay an average of $6,091 in tuition and fees for 30 credit hours, which is nearly 40 percent below the national average. And when the Florida Legislature convenes its 2018 session on Jan. 9, lawmakers are expected to further ease the financial burden by expanding merit- and need-based aid. One proposal, dubbed the "Sunshine Scholarship," would pay students' tuition balance at trade schools and community colleges after they utilize other financial aid. More from the Daytona Beach News-Journal and WJCT.
Puerto Rican students who moved to Florida after Hurricane Maria devastated the island but have just a year or two of high school left can earn Puerto Rican high school diplomas while finishing their classes in Florida public schools, state officials said. From a memo by Gov. Rick Scott:
On December 29, 2017, DOE issued a memo to school district superintendents confirming graduation requirements for displaced Puerto Rican high school juniors and seniors to earn a Puerto Rico high school diploma while enrolled in a Florida school, if they choose. To view the memo, CLICK HERE.
The dispute could not be more stark. Gov. Rick Scott and the Florida Senate have pushed to allow local tax collections to rise with the increasing value of property, as a way to grow education funding. House leadership has steadfastly rejected the notion, not with a "no" but a "hell, no." [Source: Tampa Bay Times]
“Rise to 55 by 2025” is a new campaign Florida education and industry leaders hope you tune into and participate in this year. The initiative is aimed at Floridians between the ages of 25 and 64 years old who want to work in Florida and stay competitive in the state’s fast-paced global economy. [Source: Tallahassee Democrat]
› House bill could potentially dissolve St. Johns’ teachers union [St. Augustine Record]
A state bill that could potentially break up labor unions like the St. Johns Education Association will be taken up in Tallahassee in the 2018 legislative session which opens Jan. 9.
› UF gets $8.7M grant to improve food supply in Africa [AP]
The University of Florida has received an $8.7 million grant aimed at research that will reduce hunger in Africa. The school said the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will fund hunger research over five years at the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences.
› Extortion emails target Florida colleges, promising violence [TBO.com]
Across Florida, in Tampa and Gainesville and Tallahassee, other college and university presidents’ inboxes were lighting up with the same extortion threat, promising an inundation of false bombing and shooting threats until, the sender claimed, one would prove real.
› USF professor: Program will help stunt school-to-prison pipeline [Tampa Bay Times]
The phrase "school-to-prison pipeline" has been used to describe school practices that result in children, especially children in poverty, landing in the juvenile justice and criminal justice system.