Florida voters to get say on education changes
The education proposal, if approved by 60 percent of voters in November, would impose eight-year term limits on school-board members. The proposed constitutional amendment also would direct the Legislature to put in law efforts to promote civic literacy in schools. See text of "P 6003: School Board Term Limits and Duties; Public Schools," in this article. Also read more at the Gainesville Sun and the Daily Commercial.
Online learning has come a long way since the turn of the millennium. It certainly hasn’t displaced traditional colleges, as its biggest proponents said it had the potential to, but it has gained widespread popularity. Similar to e-commerce firms, online-degree programs are beginning to incorporate elements of an older-school, brick-and-mortar model. [Source: CityLab]
Talk that the Florida Legislature might reconvene for a special session on gambling has prompted the state's school district leaders to advocate that education funding be included on any legislative call to order. [Source: Tampa Bay Times]
The annual State of Preschool Report, released by the National Institute for Early Education Research, found that Florida continues to have among the highest levels of 4-year olds enrolled in public preK programs while at the same time allocating roughly half the national average of per-pupil funding to those programs. [Source: Sarasota Herald-Tribune]
The Supreme Court of Florida, which released bar exam results, noted that of the 637 people who took the two-day test on Feb. 27-28 in Tampa, 369 or 57.9 percent passed. The percentage was in line with recent past results for the bar exam taken in February. [Source: Tampa Bay Business Journal]
› Florida asks justices to end education system challenge [WJXT]
Lawyers for the state have asked the Florida Supreme Court to reject an appeal in a long-running legal battle about whether Florida meets a constitutional requirement for providing a high-quality system of public schools.
› One college president's $381,000 departing payment is being questioned in Florida [Miami Herald]
Gov. Rick Scott wants the state Board of Education and Board of Governors for higher education to investigate all sabbatical payments to departing college presidents in Florida.
› FAU receives $1 million for science programs, upgrades at K-12 schools [South Florida Sun-Sentinel]
Florida Atlantic University has received a major gift to enhance science programs and to help build a new facility for its prestigious K-12 schools. FAU received $1 million from Daniel Cane, CEO and co-founder of Modernizing Medicine, a healthcare technology company, and his wife, Debra Cane.
› Tampa and University of South Florida to study smart transportation [GovTech]
Central Florida will explore smart transportation projects through a new agreement with the University of South Florida. Tampa Bay officials signed a memorandum of understanding with the Center for Urban Transportation Research at USF as a first step toward working together on “smart city solutions."