Richard Corcoran poised to be next Education Commissioner with Pam Stewart departure
Florida Education Commissioner Pam Stewart will retire on the same day Gov.-elect Ron DeSantis takes office in January, meaning former state House Speaker Richard Corcoran is one step closer to overseeing the state’s massive education operation. More from the Orlando Sentinel, Florida Politics, and the Tampa Bay Times.
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“Telemundo University” has officially launched at the University of Florida. The program offers training to bilingual broadcast and digital journalists. It will expand to the University of Texas at Arlington early next year, the Telemundo Station Group announced Wednesday. Read the full announcement here and read more from the Orlando Sentinel.
Florida State University’s deliberate efforts in marketing its graduate programs is paying off with a noticeable increase in applicants. The university announced this week the number of applicants is up 11 percent over the nearly 8,800 received in 2012, a record high for the university. See the announcement from FSU and read more from the Tallahassee Democrat.
If Florida is going to reach its potential, our public universities must be a pipeline — not only for talent — but for the discoveries and inventions that will attract jobs to Florida, fuel the economy and maximize our positive impact on the state, country and world. [Source: Tampa Bay Times]
Collier County’s business accelerator program, a public-private partnership between Collier County and non-profit Economic Incubators Inc., is expanding its relationship with the University of Florida, Florida Gulf Coast University, Florida Southwestern State College and Hodges University to assist new and emerging businesses at the Naples Accelerator and the Florida Culinary Accelerator@Immokalee. [Source: Business Observer]
› USF trustees will ‘get closer to the action’ surrounding consolidation [Tampa Bay Times]
Most of the University of South Florida's work planning its mandated consolidation has been done by consultants and committees appointed by the Board of Trustees. But come January, trustees themselves will step in to "get closer to the action," Chairman Brian Lamb said at a meeting Tuesday in St. Petersburg.
› UNF partners with Clay School District [Clay Today]
After a nationally recognized review process that the UNF College of Education and Human Services Department calls rigorous, Grove Park Elementary, Orange Park Junior High and Orange Park High have been selected as Clay County’s first UNF Development Schools.
› UCF Cyber Defense Team wins national Department of Energy competition [UCF Today]
UCF’s Collegiate Cyber Defense Team on Saturday won the Department of Energy’s CyberForce National Competition that challenges teams across the country to build a robust corporate network that can withstand attacks to steal data, deface websites or wipe out critical systems.
› Paying Miami teachers more is such a great idea that charter schools want in, too [Miami Herald]
The overwhelmingly approved property tax hike billed as a lifeline to teachers starved for higher pay and an antidote for an underfunded mandate to put sworn officers in schools could now have a third beneficiary: charter schools.