education

Sen. Joe Negron (R-Stuart) speaks to members of the Florida Board of Governors Tuesday, 6/21/16
Florida Channel

The Florida Senate has approved wide-ranging changes to the state’s higher education system. It’s a top priority of Senate President Joe Negron. But that doesn’t mean it’s a priority for the House.

Volunteer Florida is giving money to rural communities in the state. The agency hopes to improve education for youth in early education through high school.

Florida State Sen. Bill Montford, R-Tallahasee, wants to encourage college students to make a career in education. He's proposing creating a scholarship to help pay for teacher certification.

A Senate plan for changes to the state’s public colleges and universities sailed smoothly through its first panel hearing Monday. Questions mostly centered on how schools could implement block tuition and use a four-year graduation rate as part of the state’s higher ed accountability system.

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President Donald Trump’s pick to head the Department of Education is a conservative fundraiser and vocal critic of traditional public schools. While Betsy DeVos’ nomination could mean drastic change for some states, she has already made her mark on Florida’s education system.

Denisha Merriweather appears in this promotional video asking the FEA to, "drop the suit"--a reference to its lawsuit against Florida's corporate tax scholarship program.
Save Our Scholarships

The Florida Supreme Court will not hear a challenge to the state’s corporate tax scholarship program. The move comes after months of pressure on the state’s largest teachers union to drop its lawsuit.

State education officials are fed up with the Jefferson County School districts and they’re giving the district an ultimatum: close the elementary school, hire a charter company or turn it over to an outside operator to run.

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The future could get a little brighter for some Florida college students. There’s a growing consensus to increase awards for some of the state’s highest academic performers. Legislative and state leaders seem to be in agreement when it comes to lowering the cost of higher ed.

Former Gov. Jeb Bush speaking at the Foundation for Excellence in Education summit.
ExcellinEd webstream

Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush is pushing for major changes in the country’s education system.  He’s urging activists to take big swings under the incoming administration.

Educational attainment goals by state
Higher Education Coordinating Council

Florida’s higher education coordinating council wants to see more working age Floridians with certifications and degrees.

Florida House Speaker Richard Corcoran is gearing up for a fight with lobbyists, unions, and maybe even his own colleagues. Corcoran used his swearing in ceremony to go after the Florida Education Association's challenge to the state's de-facto school voucher program.

laurenbook.com

Sexual abuse survivor and advocate Lauren Book is not only a newly elected Senator, she’s also taking on a new leadership role.

Florida Department of Educationn's website

Florida education officials have kicked off Florida Family Engagement in Education Month. It highlights the importance of parent involvement in their child’s education.

MGN Online

Florida’s Education Commissioner is calling a local elementary school a “trailblazer” for trying to develop healthy eating habits among its students.

The Humane Society of Bay County's facebook page

It’s Disability Employment Awareness Month, and a Bay County business is one of ten recognized across the state for hiring people with disabilities.

The Florida Education Association is making a last-ditch attempt to revive its legal battle against school vouchers.

Tom Flanigan

First graders at Tallahassee’s Pineview Elementary School had a special guest reading to them this (Thursday, 8/25) morning.

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The First District Court of Appeal has dismissed the Florida Education Association’s lawsuit against the state’s tax credit scholarships.

The Florida Department of Education is taking over financial oversight of the Jefferson County School District for the second time.  A committee is being created to examine the district’s budget and keep it from going into the red.

spillthewater.com

Leon County schools will soon start, and officials are preparing to make sure parents and kids are Zika prepared.

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The Florida Education Association’s continued lawsuit against the state’s de-facto school voucher program continues to rile program supporters. But the teacher’s union isn’t backing down until it’s forced to.

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RAND Corporation

One North Florida community college is getting federal funds to educate incarcerated students.

Sen. Joe Negron (R-Stuart) speaks to members of the Florida Board of Governors Tuesday, 6/21/16
Florida Channel

Incoming Senate President Joe Negron says universities should be judged on their four-year graduation rates. And he’s also calling for more money in student aid, research and maintenance projects.

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School districts across the country are struggling to keep qualified teachers in the classroom. Here's a look into what the shortage means for Leon County.

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The Florida Chamber of Commerce Foundation is highlighting the need for a talented workforce at its annual education forum.

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