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Education
4:14 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Florida’s Newest Public University To Offer $19 Million In Scholarships Over Two Years

Florida Polytechnic, shown here under construction in April 2014, has approved $19 million in student scholarship money for its first two years.
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Florida’s newest state university, Florida Polytechnic, is set to begin classes next month. In its last meeting before the school’s official opening, the Florida Polytechnic Board of Trustees on Monday approved a modified scholarship model for the 2015-2016 school year. The new scholarship will kick in after the university initially offers a $5,000 scholarship to all full-time undergraduate students this school year.

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Education
5:23 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

College Economics Professor: Florida High School Students Need Separate Financial Literacy Course

Florida based its new statewide standards for personal finance education on the National Standards for Financial Literacy.
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Florida is the first state to adopt standards for teaching kids about personal finance based on the National Standards for Financial Literacy. But the move leaves some educators grappling with how to implement the new standards.

Ann Whitney, Director of Standards at the Bureau of Standards and Instructional Support, says educators and state leaders nationwide are pushing for better personal finance education in public schools.

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Education
5:24 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

FAMU Professors Awarded National Science Foundation Research Grant

The professors plan to use the grant money to fund a research project at Tallahassee's National High Magnetic Field Laboratory, the world's highest-powered magnet lab.
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The National Science Foundation has awarded three professors from Florida A&M University a $100,000 grant. They plan to use the money on an interdisciplinary research project at the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory.

The project, called “EAGER: Magnetic Interrogation of Mesoscale Materials,” involves three studies, including research on clean energy production and efforts to decrease U.S. dependency on foreign imports. FAMU physics Professor Mogus Mochena co-wrote the project proposal and says the research will draw from a number of scientific fields.

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Education
5:25 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

Group Plans Federal Challenge To New Florida Scholarship Program

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Florida’s new scholarship program for National Merit and Achievement Scholars is heading toward a legal challenge. Critics of the new program claim it discriminates against minority students.

The looming challenge to the Florida Incentive Scholarship Program is rooted in the state’s current Bright Futures Scholarship for high achieving students. For the past few years, the state has been scaling back the number of students getting those scholarships. It's done so by raising eligibility requirements, largely  SAT and ACT scores.

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Education
4:40 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

New State Scholarship Program Aimed At Keeping Top Scholars At Florida Schools

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Florida’s top high school graduates are getting a new financial incentive to go to Florida universities.

Tucked away in the state budget is a program aimed at rewarding Florida students designated as National Merit scholars, called the Florida National Merit Scholarship Initiative.

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