Florida House gears up for big debate on education bill
It's a debate worth about $26.9 billion, and involves the most fundamental, nagging question surrounding Florida's education system: What does Florida owe its students in public education? And it began this week — at least this year's rendition. More from the Times/Herald and the AP.
Free-speech zones would be banned and state universities and colleges could be sued for up to $100,000 in damages if students or others “willfully” interfere with campus speakers or protestors, under a bill approved Tuesday by the Senate Education Committee. More from the Palm Beach Post and the Bradenton Herald.
A library without books? Not quite, but as students abandon the stacks in favor of online reference material, university libraries are unloading millions of unread volumes in a nationwide purge that has some print-loving scholars deeply unsettled. [Source: NBC Miami]
U.S. Senator Marco Rubio, R-Fla., this week urged the University of North Florida, three other Florida colleges and a high school to sever their relationships with Chinese-government-run educational programs, called Confucius Institutes. [Source: Florida Times-Union]
Seventy years ago, the goal of a new University of Florida president was to have the school ranked among the "top 10 or 12 great state universities of the country." In 2018, Kent Fuchs realized that vision when UF was tied for ninth on the annual ranking of public universities by US News and World Report. [Source: WLRN]
› Bill requiring schools to display state motto clears final House panel [Florida Politics]
HB 839, a bill requiring school districts to display Florida’s motto “In God We Trust,” cleared its final House committee stop Wednesday. The bill requires display in all “school buildings” in a given district, including school district structures.
› Pensacola State College awarded $1.8 million grant for workforce development [Pensacola News-Journal]
Pensacola State College will receive more than $1.8 million through a job growth grant to fund workforce training programs, Gov. Rick Scott announced Tuesday. Scott announced nine awards totaling $35 million from the Florida Job Growth Grant Fund across the state.
› Florida State receives record-breaking number of admissions applications [FSU News]
The demand for a Florida State University education is on the rise with a record number of first-year applicants seeking admission. Florida State received more than 48,000 first-year applications for admission to the 2018 summer and fall semesters before the first round of decisions that were released January 25.
› USF consolidation proposal advances another step in Florida House [Tampa Bay Times]
A major higher education bill that would consolidate the University of South Florida System has just one committee hurdle left before advancing to the Florida House floor.