Increased demand for mental health services for students at the University of Central Florida has grown so rapidly supply closets have been converted into therapists’ offices. UCF is one of many colleges straining to keep up with student mental health issues by creating workshops like “Anxiety 101.”
The US Departments of Education and Interior have decided to waive some of the requirements associated with the federal No Child Left Behind law for the Miccosukee Indian School in South Florida. Officials say they made the move in hopes of increasing school flexibility and increasing student achievement.
Gov. Rick Scott visited a Miami elementary school Monday to ask lawmakers to meet his request for school funding.
Lawmakers return to Tallahassee today to finish the budget. The big disagreement is how to pay for health care. And that could affect how much money is left for education.
Scott opposes expanding the state-run Medicaid program. He says there’s more than enough money for to set per-student funding at $7,176, an all-time high unadjusted for inflation.
“We have a $1.8 billion dollar surplus,” Scott says. “A $1.8 billion dollar surplus. Ok. We can invest. We can have record funding for K-12 education. We can do the tax cuts. We will continue to get, keep continuing our economy. And we can make sure we have all the safety nets we need.”
But Senate Education chairman John Legg says that isn’t true.
Ashley Jean is graduating from Miami’s iPrep Academy this week. And then she’s planning to travel the world.
Jean will start a global studies program through Long Island University that will eventually take her to places like Costa Rica, Australia, Bali and Spain.
That’s a lot of plane tickets.
“I don’t want money to be a reason why I can’t change my life,” Jean says, “so I have to work hard to do what I can to get this program.”
Like a growing number of college students, Jean is turning to crowdfunding sites to help her raise money for college. The sites let users search by location or topic and donate directly to causes they like.
Jean is using a gofundme page to help her raise money for school. She’s set a goal of $2,200 to pay for tickets, visas, health insurance and other expenses of studying abroad.
It’s just a fraction of the total cost of the program – but every bit helps. She says gofundme lets her make the pitch her way.
“I put orange because that’s my favorite color,” she says of her page. “Usually the photo or video it usually enhances — they require you to have a photo because it makes it [easier] for you to get more money and stuff.”
Companies that could have submitted bids to review Florida Standardized Assessment tests opted out. The size of the job and claims they are already too busy to take on additional work are the prevailing reasons given. But the lack of competition still raises concerns.
Over the past 21 years, Harry Rosen has spent more than $11 million to improve the quality of education in his Tangelo Park community. Rosen funds programs ranging from day care centers to college scholarships.
A new program designed to boost enrollment at the University of Florida Online is getting little interest. Just 10 percent of students who weren’t accepted to the brick and mortar campus chose the new online option instead.
In a unanimous vote on Monday, former Hillsborough County, Florida School Superintendent MaryEllen Elia has been appointed New York education commissioner. In January the Hillsborough County School Board voted 4-3 to terminate her contract.
Nationwide trends in demographic shifts indicate that in 10 years nearly half of high school graduates will be non-white. But a lack of support to these diverse populations may point to challenges in getting degrees into the hands of many of these students.
With nearly 3 million tests completed in Florida this past school year many parents and educators have been wondering when they would be able to see those test scores. This week the Florida Department of Education provided a timeline for release of the scores for students and for school accountability.