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Education
12:35 pm
Mon April 28, 2014

To Divide Or Not To Divide: Board Of Governors To Decide FAMU-FSU Engineering's Fate

Plans to divide the jointly-run Florida A&M -Florida State University College of Engineering are on hold, for now. legislative budget officials dropped the idea during Sunday negotiations, opting instead to do a study on whether the split is feasible.

Sen. John Thrasher (R-St. Augustine) raised the idea of splitting up the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering by steering millions of dollars to Florida State to start its own programs. Earlier in the month Thrasher said he’d look to what the presidents of FAMU and FSU had to say about it.

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Education
9:15 am
Mon April 28, 2014

Lawmakers Opt for Study Of FAMU-FSU Engineering Over Automatic Split

State budget negotiators have put a tentative deal in place that would keep the Florida A&M-Florida State University College of Engineering intact—for now.

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WFSU Local
5:07 pm
Fri April 25, 2014

Proposed FAMU-FSU Engineering Split: A Study In The Politics Of Race

Sen. John Thrasher’s (R-St. Augustine) plan to split the Florida A&M-Florida State University College of Engineering steers $13 million to Florida State to start up its own Engineering school.

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Education
7:01 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

Effort to Revive Immigrant In-state Tuition Bill Thwarted By Senate Panel

A Florida Senate panel has rejected several attempts to revive a plan giving the children of undocumented immigrants in-state tuition.

Efforts to revive the proposal failed in the appropriations committee Tuesday as the bill sponsor, Sen. Jack Latvala’s (R-Clearwater) attempts to get the language amended onto other education bills were thwarted by Senate Rules Chairman John Thrasher. Thrasher ruled the language didn’t relate closely enough with the other proposals. 

After the votes, Governor Rick Scott talked with reporters and repeated his support for the proposal:

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Education
6:55 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

Fla. Education Commissioner Threatens To Fine Pearson Over FCAT Glitches

Florida state Education Commissioner Pam Stewart says she plans to fine the testing company Pearson after more than two dozen school districts reported problems administering the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test.

Twenty-six Florida school districts report problems with Pearson’s online FCAT and end-of-course exams. The glitch prevented students from accessing the test once they were logged in to the system. According to the Florida Department of Education, Pearson officials said the underlying problem was a national issue with Internet service.

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