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University wealth management programs in Florida
In a classroom at Stetson University, computer screens stream real-time financial data as students in the school’s Roland George Investments Program come and go, tracking the performance of an investment portfolio of stocks and bonds. It’s no simulation. For 38 years, the private university in DeLand has been entrusting students with a $3.5-million endowment fund. Across Florida, more than a half-dozen other universities have similar student-managed portfolios that are part of the schools’ endowments. [Source: Florida Trend]
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Florida teachers want raises, not the bonuses that state lawmakers keep talking about. Their goal might be within reach this year. A teacher raise, if it came to pass, would be one of the biggest developments of this year’s legislative session as the state deals with a teacher shortage, and as teachers around Florida and the nation push for higher pay. [Source: Tampa Bay Times]
Anyone who’s ever flown a drone can tell you – it’s not the easiest thing to do. Now imagine if the only way you could control that drone – is with your brain. That’s the challenge 16 University of South Florida students faced recently at the school’s first ever Brain-Drone race. [Source: WJCT]
On the heels of a presidential search at the University of South Florida that is still drawing criticism for lacking transparency, state lawmakers are looking to greenlight even more secrecy. Despite opposition from about a dozen speakers and with no debate, a Florida House committee approved HB7115 last week. If the bill becomes law, it would permit state colleges and universities to further distance the public from the process of hiring presidents. [Source: Times/Herald]
You can help state leaders decide what Florida students will learn in public schools. In January, Gov. Ron DeSantis signed an executive order to ditch Common Core and find new education standards. It left open a big question: What standards will replace it? On Monday, the Florida Dept. of Education launched a new tool that allows you to weigh in. [Source: Action News Jax]
› FSU nursing dean advances college’s research mission [FSU News]
Judith McFetridge-Durdle may be retiring, but Florida State University’s College of Nursing dean made an everlasting impact during her five-year tenure by advancing the college in the areas of research and diversity. She will step down as dean June 30. McFetridge-Durdle’s top priority when she arrived at FSU in December 2013 was to focus on the college’s research mission — and she’s had great success.
› USF receives $5 million gift for newly-named Center for Supply Chain Management & Sustainability [Florida Trend]
The University of South Florida this week announced a $5 million gift to the USF Foundation to benefit students and faculty in the Muma College of Business. The gift from Monica Wooden, co-founder and chief revenue officer of transportation management systems provider MercuryGate International, will name the Monica Wooden Center for Supply Chain Management & Sustainability.
› Record 25,000 Florida students claim religious objection to vaccines [Tampa Bay Times]
In Florida, children have to be vaccinated to attend public or private schools. There are two exceptions: parents can get a doctor to say a vaccine would be medically dangerous, or they can opt out of vaccines on religious grounds. That religious exemption has been granted with greater and greater frequency in the past decade.
› Florida Gateway College sends aid to Gulf Coast State College in Panama City [WCJB]
A college in Lake City will be sending aid to the Panhandle after Hurricane Michael devastated the community last year. Florida Gateway College held a food and supply drive to aid faculty, students, and staff at Gulf Coast State College in Panama City.