Out-of-state students with Florida grandparents will begin receiving in-state tuition
For the first time, foreign applicants to Florida universities are finding out if they will be among 350 students who will save tens of thousands of dollars in in-state tuition under a new law rewarding them as grandchildren of residents here. The tuition reductions are the result of legislation Governor Ron DeSantis signed into law last summer. Waiving out-of-state tuition at some universities for grandchildren could save families tens of thousands of dollars over four years. At the University of Florida, the difference between out-of-state and in-state tuition is $22,278 per year. [Source: Tampa Bay Times]
A Florida university will open its first new law school in the United States since 2014
A small private university in Jacksonville said Monday it plans to open a law school next fall in the northeast Florida city. It would be the first new U.S. law school to launch in nearly a decade, as at least six have closed in the same period. Jacksonville University officials plan to enroll 20 to 30 law school students to begin with, then grow to 150 over the next two years. More from Reuters and the Jacksonville Daily Record]
Florida’s controversial education bills move forward. They would examine school textbooks and target race-related teachings.
The Florida Senate moved forward on Tuesday with controversial educational measures that would increase scrutiny of school library books and limit how certain race-related concepts are taught, though senators amended one of the bills passed by the House last month. The Senate Rules Committee voted 11 to 5 along party lines to approve the measure involving the textbook review (HB 1467), preparing the issue for consideration by the full Senate. [Source: News Service of Florida]
Florida school districts seek new sources of funding to increase employee compensation
Florida school districts have made no secret of their struggles to find qualified candidates to fill their countless vacancies, from bus drivers to teachers. In several districts, officials said low wages played a critical role. The state has provided money to increase wages, they note, but this funding has been targeted at some categories of workers but not others. [Source: Tampa Bay Times]
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis held a press conference Wednesday morning at the University of South Florida, announcing the disbursement of $20 million for the Florida Center for Cybersecurity, hosted by the university. Intended as a continuation of DeSantis’ advocacy for career and technical education opportunities in Florida, the funding will be disbursed through the center to regional partners to expand existing programs that help middle and high school students obtain cybersecurity degrees before entering college, the governor says. More from Click Orlando and WFLA.
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› No income tax for teachers: Orange County educator pitches idea of raising teacher salaries
Fewer and fewer people want to become teachers these days, and Orange County School Board President Teresa Jacobs suggests that salary is a big factor in that. One of the teachers in his district floats an idea to help solve the problem: teachers should be exempt from federal income tax, so they can take home more of what they earn, says the history teacher Kyle Johnson.
› University of South Florida Names 2 Presidential Research Finalists
The field of candidates for the next president of the University of South Florida has narrowed, with the search committee announcing two finalists. In a letter to the “USF community,” USF Presidential Search Committee Chairman and USF Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees Mike Griffin said Acting President Rhea Law and Lt. Gen. Jeffrey Talley (US Army, Ret.) will advance to the upkeep stage.
› The Florida superintendent who pushed school masks is ousted
A Florida school principal who challenged Governor Ron DeSantis over pandemic masks for students has been fired by the local school board. The 3-2 vote to terminate Carlee Simon’s contract came late Tuesday night by the Alachua County School Board. A key vote for termination was that of council member Mildred Russell, who was nominated in August by the Republican governor to replace a member who did not live in her district.
› Florida International University School of Medicine Receives 6,700 Applicants
Florida International University’s Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine more than doubled its application pool for future doctors last semester, increasing its enrollment to about 15 additional students and has now received more than 6,700 applications for the new year cycle. . The Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine regularly enrolls approximately 120 students each August, based on the number authorized by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education.
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