To get free tuition, graduates would agree to work in Florida under new bill
Community college could soon become free for many Florida students — as long as they don’t go elsewhere for a job. A bill that would create a new “Sunshine Scholarship” for students from low- and moderate-income families passed through committees in both chambers of the Legislature this week. To qualify, a student would have to be Florida resident with a high school diploma or equivalent and come from a family whose income is $50,000 or less. More from the South Florida Sun-Sentinel and the Center Square.
Florida lawmakers consider ‘do not hire list’ for ‘disqualified’ school employees
Every so often, stories pop up about school employees committing acts of sexual misconduct against students. Too frequently, state lawmakers say, the cases involve someone who faced similar allegations in past jobs, yet was allowed to resign rather than face a formal firing and possible charges. That’s got to end, insists state Rep. Wyman Duggan, a Jacksonville Republican. [Source: Tampa Bay Times]
Yes, Florida ranks at bottom of states on school funding
Florida has long had a reputation of lagging behind many states in education funding. But just how close to the bottom of the barrel is the Sunshine State? There has been some momentum to improve education funding by Gov. Ron DeSantis who declared that the 2020 legislative session would be the "Year of the Teacher." [Source: PolitiFact]
Florida lawmakers revisit post-Parkland school safety, student mental health
For the third time since the 2018 Parkland shooting, the Florida Legislature is taking up school safety, proposing tweaks in laws relating to armed security, mental health services and district oversight. But this time, school safety might not prompt the tornado of emotional debate, pain and controversy of years past, when lawmakers were particularly torn over whether teachers should be allowed to be armed. [Source: Tampa Bay Times]
Florida Polytechnic University is experiencing a significant increase in the number of students applying to become Phoenixes. At only two-thirds of the way through the 2020 recruitment cycle, the University has received 31% more freshman applications compared to this time last year. This includes a 44% increase in applicants from out of state. [Source: Florida Trend]
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Under the plan, students interested in careers in teaching can enroll in TCC for their first two years, where they will get advice on a specific curriculum needed to enter Flagler College-Tallahassee, to complete their undergraduate degree in elementary education.
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For years while he taught at the University of Florida, a veteran chemistry professor also worked for a Chinese university and rose to be a vice president of that school in 2017. He told none of this to his bosses at UF. Nor did he tell the National Institutes of Health, the U.S. government agency that had awarded the professor numerous grants over the years.
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Leaders from Manatee County School District are advocating for the state legislature to pass a bill that would allow technical colleges to offer associate’s degrees in nursing. The district's Deputy Superintendent for Operations, Doug Wagner, and School Board Member, Dr. Scott Hopes both testified in the House about why they want this change statewide. With over 100,000 open nursing positions in Florida, both Wagner and Hopes believe changing the state's nursing laws could help fill positions.
› Northwest Florida State College named a top online school [Northwest Florida Daily News]
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