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Florida Universities Join Effort To Ease Visa Requirements For STEM Grads

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New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is leading an effort to make it easier for foreign graduates of U.S. universities to get a work visa.

Editors note: This post was written by WLRN reporter Luc Cohen.

The presidents of more than 100 U.S. research universities signed a letter to President Obama and Congressional leaders urging them to make it easier for international students to get jobs in the country after they graduate.

The letter argues that highly skilled workers in STEM fields — science, technology, engineering and mathematics — are in high demand in the U.S. work force and necessary for global economic competitiveness.

The university presidents call on Congress to provide students who graduate from American universities with advanced STEM degrees with a “clear path to a green card.”

“After we have trained and educated these future job creators, our antiquated immigration laws turn them away to work for our competitors in other countries,” the letter reads.

The presidents of the University of Miami, Florida State University, the University of Florida and the University of Central Florida all signed the letter.

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How do Schools Draw the Line on Pay to Play Activities?

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Should schools be allowed to charge students for participation in school sports.

Editors note: This post was written by WLRN reporter Luc Cohen.

The state does not explicitly prohibit schools from charging students to participate in school sports.

But many Florida schools have their own policies banning the practice.

Earlier this month, the Broward Bulldog published a story accusing the cheerleading booster club at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland of collecting tens of thousands of dollars from parents in order for their children to be on the team.

The State Investigative Unit has opened an investigation into the allegations. The booster club has since disbanded and handed over all financial operations to the school.

But the issue raises a question about pay to play policies in Florida. Continue Reading

College Board Releases a Guide to Help Undocumented Students Pay for College

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College Board Vice President James Montoya (front center) announces the release of the 'Repository of Resources for Undocumented Students' at a College Board event in Miami, Fla.

Editors note: This post was written by WLRN reporter Luc Cohen.

Undocumented high school students have a new tool to help them with their college admissions process.

The College Board has released a guide to help undocumented students apply to college and get scholarships — since undocumented students cannot receive state or federal financial aid or get students loans.

But the current version of the guide is a limited resource for Florida immigrant students.

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