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Federal Immigration Order Brings Relief For Florida Students

Activists Sharon Little and several DREAM Act supporters held a press conference at Miami Dade College's Wolfson Campus on Friday.

Young immigrant rights activists in Miami are celebrating and breathing a sigh of relief. President Barack Obama announced that undocumented young people in the U.S. will no longer have to fear deportation. His executive order applies to immigrants under 30 who got here before they were 16 years old. Immigration has long been a contentious [...]

Why Mitt Romney’s Education Plan Sounds Familiar To Florida — And What’s New

Presumptive GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney outlines his education plan Wednesday.

Presumed Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney rolled out his education plan Wednesday in Washington, D.C.: More school choice options; reward high-performing charter schools and help them expand; require easy-to-read school report cards. Stop us if you’ve heard this story before. And if Romney’s influences were still a bit cloudy, he made them explicit in his [...]

Five Changes To Expect From Florida’s ‘No Child’ Waiver

President Barack Obama shakes hands after a White House event announcing No Child Left Behind waivers.

So you’ve just been granted a waiver by the U.S. Department of Education — congrats on being one of the lucky 10. You’re ready to take your first steps toward Leaving No Child Left Behind, well, behind! But what does the waiver mean? How will it change things for Florida schools, students and parents? Here’s [...]

White House Gives Florida ‘Green Light’ On ‘No Child’ Waiver

President Barack Obama and Education Secretary Arne Duncan talk about "Race to the Top" during a stop at a Virginia Elementary School in 2010.

The White House has confirmed that Florida is one of ten states which has been granted a waiver from No Child Left Behind requirements. Of eleven states initially applying, only New Mexico was not approved today. In a statement, President Barack Obama said the move will give states the “green light to continue making reforms [...]

What Obama’s ‘No Child’ Waivers Say About The State Of The Union

Note: This post was written by StateImpact Indiana reporter Kyle Stokes. When President Obama announced a plan in September to allow states to apply for waivers from key requirements of the No Child Left Behind law, he took a shot at Congress. “I’ve urged Congress for a while now — let’s get a bipartisan effort, [...]

Three Florida Colleges Leave Graduates Deep in Debt

OnlineUniversity.net has released an infographic on schools that graduate students with the most and least college loan debt. And three of the top five colleges with the highest student debt are in Florida. 3rd place: Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. with an average student debt of $43,206 4th place: Barry University in Miami [...]

Feds Will Deport Florida DREAM Act Youth Despite White House Priority on Criminals

Bangladesh native Shamir Ali, now 25, was picked up in a workplace immigration raid in Miami last week and now faces deportation. Ali arrived to Florida when he was 7 years old and is DREAM Act eligible.

In August 2011, the Obama administration announced it would prioritize deporting people convicted of crimes. That meant shifting resources away from low-priority cases—such as undocumented children who came to the U.S. at a young age, or DREAM Act kids, and others. One idea behind the new policy was to protect DREAM Act-eligible kids from deportation in case Congress were [...]

White House Says Orange County Schools Need Proposed Jobs Bill

Orange County is a White House poster child for the school renovation money tucked into president Barack Obama’s jobs bill. A White House press release points to a report from the Council on Great City Schools outlining urban school districts’ infrastructure needs. The White House notes that Orange County schools would receive $169.6 million to [...]

Biden Tells Pasco Stories to Sell Jobs Plan

Pitching the effects on Pasco County elementary students, Vice President Joe Biden made a case for President Barack Obama’s jobs bill Tuesday. Biden pulled plenty of local anecdotes for his stop at Oakstead Elementary School in Land O’ Lakes: The $54 million shortfall the district faced this year; the 513 jobs cut; the eight Oakstead [...]

Did Florida Schools Spend Stimulus Money Wisely?

Florida’s largest school districts spent just half the federal stimulus money intended to improve low-income student performance on those programs, according to an investigation by the Florida Center for Investigative Reporting. Instead, districts spent more than $200 million of the $400 million of the money — known as Title I — on employee salaries and [...]

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