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Half As Many Students Will Meet Tougher Bright Futures Scholarship Requirements

The Florida College Access Network estimates about half as many students will qualify for Bright Futures this fall.

About half as many students will qualify for Bright Futures scholarships when the school year begins this fall as did during the current year, according to new estimates from the Florida College Access Network. That’s because lawmakers have steadily increased requirements for the primarily lottery-funded scholarships, raising minimum scores required on the SAT and ACT [...]

Conversation About The Cost Of College Starts In Florida

NPR has started a series of conversations about paying for the rising cost of college. For their first interview, NPR spoke with David Sherker, a student at Coral Reef High School in Miami, and his family. President Barack Obama recently spoke at the school to encourage students to apply for federal financial aid and prod [...]

New College Scholarship Fund Raises $25 Million For Undocumented Immigrants

DREAM Act supporter Estevan Roncancio at a news conference at Miami Dade College. Starting today, undocumented students who came to the country under age 17 can start applying for temporary status in the country under Deferred Action.

Former Washington Post owner Donald Graham and Miami education activist Gaby Pacheco sat down with NPR to talk about a new scholarship program for undocumented immigrants. Allowing undocumented students access to in-state tuition rates will be a big issue in the legislative session set to begin tomorrow. A court has ruled Florida can not force [...]

Marco Rubio Wants To Change College

When Sen. Marco Rubio was growing up, his parents gave him an edict: “From a very early age they used to tell us, ‘tu tienes que estudiar,’ which means, ‘you have to study.’ So growing up I don’t ever recall not considering going to college,” Rubio told an audience at Miami-Dade College on Monday. Rubio talked at length about [...]

What The President Said About Education In The State Of The Union

President Barack Obama again asked Congress to expand access to early childhood education programs and defended a major federal grant program, but didn’t propose any new initiatives. Education Week has the recap here: President Barack Obama placed education at the center of a broad strategy to bolster economic mobility and combat poverty—calling on Congress in [...]

Update: Shaky Start To $10,000 College Degree Programs In Florida

Last November, Gov. Rick Scott challenged Florida’s colleges to offer $10,000 degrees for programs that place students in high-demand fields. Most of the schools in the Florida College System pledged to meet that challenge, but as the Sun Sentinel reported over the weekend, the results so far have been mixed: “… the degree options are [...]

Report: Florida Universities Improve Grad Rates While Keeping Costs Down

A new report finds Florida’s public university system is a good model in affordability for the rest of the country. Florida Rising: An Assessment of Public Universities in the Sunshine State analyzed cost, administrative and academic spending, curriculum, and graduation rates at Florida’s 11 universities. (Florida Polytechnic University – the 12th in the system – [...]

House Speaker Wants To Change ‘Culture Of Mediocrity’ In Higher Education

House Speaker Will Weatherford banged the opening gavel in the Florida House this morning, introducing the 60-day session with a speech heavily focused on education. He promised the continued “pursuit of a world-class, student-centered K-12 education system in Florida.” But he said attention must be paid to higher education as well, because “education solves problems [...]

Session 2013 Town Hall: College Affordability And In-State Tuition

Education took up a big chunk of the Fort Lauderdale town hall Monday hosted by WLRN and The Miami Herald. Topics ranged from college affordability to K-12 funding to teacher raises. Miami Herald Tallahassee Bureau Chief Mary Ellen Klas ran through some ideas lawmakers are considering. “Gov. Scott has proposed an initiative that would give [...]

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