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State university presidents' pay and bonuses rival those of CEOs

State university presidents' pay and bonuses rival those of CEOs

As the nation’s student loan debt ticks up to more than $1.5 trillion, the salaries of Florida’s public university presidents are also growing. In Florida, there’s a state law prohibiting taxpayers from forking over more than $200,000 to pay university presidents. But state universities are finding ways to pay presidents more by cutting them paychecks through university foundations. [Source: WFTS]

Bill would let Florida schools keep, administer naloxone

A Florida bill would allow schools to be able to keep and administer naloxone to treat students who overdose on opioids. The Senate Education Committee unanimously passed the bill, SB 120, on Tuesday. Naloxone is an opioid-blocking drug used to reverse the effects of an overdose. Democratic Sen. Jason Pizzo said he decided to sponsor the bill after receiving an email from a 17-year-old high school student. [Source: AP]

A secret process for picking college presidents in Florida?

The long and troubling saga over the selection of a new president at Miami Dade College continues to get worse, with critics now worried that the process could be kept secret. A key lawmaker doesn’t think that’s the case, but what about future college president searches? The issue will inevitably come up as the presidential search continues. [Source: Florida Phoenix]

Poll: Many say high school diploma enough to succeed

Although most young Americans believe in the value of higher education, many still consider a high school diploma alone to be enough for success, according to a survey of teens and young adults by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. [Source: Florida Times-Union]

Florida Lottery reaches $36 billion in education contributions

The Florida Lottery reached $36 billion in education contributions since its inception. In an announcement on Tuesday, the Lottery said the contributions to the state’s Educational Enhancement Trust Fund (EETF) have been amassed over 31 years. The state's public schools have received more than $11.6 billion of that while college and universities received more than $8.4 billion combined. [Source: ]

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