Roll Call: Online U; Remedial Courses; Schools Struggle With Maintenance Backlog
State leaders are moving ahead with plans for the nation’s first online university, in Monday’s education headlines.
State ‘Online U’ would be innovative, but educators uneasy – Florida leaders are moving forward with a plan to create the nation’s first online university. Florida’s Board of Governor’s must decide whether to create a new school or pool existing online resources at state universities. The Tampa Tribune
High number of Florida high school grads needing remedial college classes costing state millions – Two of every five Palm Beach County graduates needs to repeat high school coursework in order to take college courses. The Palm Beach Post
Broward hiring teachers for new school year – “A year after cutting 1,000 teacher jobs, Broward County schools are adding 650 positions. The Miami Herald
School districts struggle with fewer dollars for renovation and maintenance – Central Florida property values continue to fall, making it impossible for school districts to keep up with maintenance. The Orlando Sentinel
Miami-Dade School Board to consider $1.2 billion bond – Miami-Dade school superintendent Alberto Carvahlo wants to ask voters to approve a $1.2 billion bond to pay for delayed maintenance and new technology. The Miami Herald
Tab for taxpayers in suits over Scott-backed laws hefty and still growing – A lawsuit challenging changes to the state pension plan has cost taxpayers nearly $500,000 so far. The South Florida Sun-Sentinel