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.
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.
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.
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.