11:09 am
Tue August 26, 2014

Gov. Scott's Revamped Ed Agenda Includes Continued Focus On Higher Ed Tuition

Governor Rick Scott is promising to keep tuition low at the state’s public colleges and universities. It’s on his list of education priorities if he wins a second term. The cost of higher education has consistently been a priority for the governor. Earlier this year, the Florida legislature stripped most public universities of their ability to request tuition hikes. An immediate effect of that move are decreases in the state’s prepaid college program, meaning, more than 56,000 families could see savings.

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4:55 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

Families With Disabled Kids Fire Back Against Teacher's Union Lawsuit Over New Program

Three moms with disabled children stand with former state Sen. Al Lawson and Goldwater Institute Attorney Clint Bolick
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Six Florida families with disabled children want to block a lawsuit challenging the state’s newest voucher program.  They say a move by the state teacher’s union to invalidate a broader bill on educational choice options, is bad policy.

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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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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.

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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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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