USF's presidential search is heating up
The search to select the University of South Florida’s seventh president will move forward this week with a series of events open to the campus community and the public.
The 15-member USF Presidential Search Committee will review the final list of applicants who submitted their resume materials prior to the March 15 deadline, and then select at least three candidates to advance to the next stage of the process, which will include public interviews and forums on campus.
IMG Academy has suspended Mark Riddell, who had served as the school's director of college entrance exam preparation. The Bradenton-based preparatory boarding school and sport training destination took the action after two counts of fraud charges were leveled against the 36-year-old director. The United States District Court in Boston is asking for a forfeiture of nearly $500,000 in connection with a nationwide college admissions bribery case.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office said dozens of individuals involved in conspiracy to facilitate cheating on college entrance exams and the admission of students to elite universities as purported athletic recruits were arrested by federal agents in multiple states. [Source: Bradenton Herald and Sarasota Herald-Tribune]
A proposed bill by the House education committee would create a Family Empowerment Scholarship Program that would provide a new way for children in public school to attend private schools, with their bills paid by the state. Critics, however, say the move would illegally shift taxpayer money from public schools to students bound for private or parochial classrooms--setting up a potential showdown in the Florida Supreme Court. [Source: Ocala StarBanner]
A proposal to cap the education property taxes for Florida senior citizens who have owned and lived in their homes more than 25 years has captured the attention of school district leaders who already complain they can’t make ends meet with their annual revenue. As lawmakers debate the merits of the legislation, which would require ultimate approval by voters, superintendents have begun asking their property appraisers just how much money they stand to lose if the measure goes through. The amount could run into the millions. [Source: Tampa Bay Times]
The Senate Criminal Justice Committee unanimously approved a measure to make people who organize hazing culpable if someone is seriously injured or dies, even if the organizer didn't participate in the event. The bill would expand current anti-hazing law, which addresses only active pledges and members, by also prohibiting hazing of former members of fraternities or other organizations. [Source: Houston Chronicle]
› Florida falls in national teacher pay ranking to 46th [Tampa Bay Times]
Florida’s teachers earned an average of $48,168 in 2017-18, slightly below the $50,000 mark that some state lawmakers have sought and $12,294 less than the national rate.
› University of Miami ranked most selective of Florida schools [Watchdog.org]
24/7 Wall St.'s nationwide examination of acceptance rates and university students characteristics has deemed University Miami the top Florida university among the country's most selective schools.
› As Miami Dade College Adjuncts Vote On Union, Organizers And Administrators Claim 'Intimidation' [WLRN]
A conflict last fall over union recruitment at Miami Dade College resulted in multiple municipal police officers pointing guns at a labor organizer on the school's campus in Doral.
› Florida State University institute director tapped for prestigious board [Tallahassee Democrat]
Jessica Pryce, director of the Florida Institute for Child Welfare at Florida State University, has been appointed to the advisory board of the National Child Welfare Workforce Institute.