Florida’s public universities say they need an increase in financial aid to support a growing number of students who are being locked out of the state’s Bright Future’s scholarship program.
Florida officials have increased academic performance requirements for the award in recent years, a move that has largely impacted minority students. Dean Colson, who sits on the board overseeing Florida’s public universities, says he got a letter from Florida International University saying 60 percent of incoming freshman didn’t receive scholarships but would have last year.
The Florida Board of Governors is weighing how national rankings should impact the state’s public universities. When it comes to evaluating schools, the board agrees metrics should matter, but how much?
Florida’s state university system governing board wants the public universities to climb in the national rankings. But which one? Several groups rank schools. U.S. News and World Report is the most popular, but there’s also Newsweek, and Kiplinger. The Princeton Review. And none of the outlets ranks the schools the same way. s
Over the past year, Bond Community Health Center has suffered funding cuts from the Federal Government and been threatened with losing portions of its County budget. If nothing changes, some expect the center may soon need to close its doors. But the Center is looking to reallocate portions of its budget from Leon County to leverage for a little more than one million dollars in state matching funds.
The nonprofit government watchdog group Florida TaxWatch released its voter’s guide Wednesday detailing proposed state constitutional amendments.
Unlike some other issuers of voting guides, fiscally conservative TaxWatch doesn’t take a yes-or-no stance on the initiatives. Instead, it offers a take on the pros and cons of enacting the amendments.
Dominic Calabro, head of the organization, says it’s important to exercise caution when changing the state constitution.
Florida State University’s star quarterback Jameis Winston has been suspended from the first half of Saturday’s football game against Clemson. Winston apologized Wednesday for yelling obscenities.
On Tuesday FSU students tweeted that Winston had shouted a vulgar phrase about women while standing on a table in the student union. The phrase comes from an internet meme inspired by a video of a man interrupting a live news broadcast and yelling the words. At a press conference Wednesday Winston addressed his actions.