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Charity Helps Florida Students Get Dressed To Head Back To School

Lizbeth Engle packs boxes of clothing

As schools open for a new school year, they’ll also start encountering student poverty and homelessness. At last count — the 2013/2014 school year –  the number of homeless students had risen to more than 71,000 in the state’s public schools. For many of these children, a brand new school uniform may be out of [...]

State Board Of Education Sets New Goals For Some Teacher Evaluations

Jeremy Glazer says teacher evaluations miss some of the most important work he does.

The State Board of Education has approved a new statewide standard for the test-based portion of teacher evaluations. State law requires that teachers are evaluated each year. That evaluation must include how well that teacher’s students performed on standardized exams — and whether they did better or worse than expected, based on a complex statistical [...]

Gov. Scott Breaks Budget Veto Record

Gov. Rick Scott’s budget veto list broke records Tuesday, and education projects weren’t spared despite Scott’s emphasis on K-12 funding this year. In total, Scott vetoed $461.4 million from the now $78.7 billion spending plan. Scott signed the plan in private Tuesday and the budget takes effect July 1. Among the largest items Scott trimmed [...]

Gov. Scott Pushes Lawmakers On School Funding

Gov. Rick Scott spoke at a Miami elementary school to urge lawmakers to increase school funding.

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 [...]

How The Internet Is Helping Florida Students Pay For Their Education

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 [...]

College-Affiliated Bank Accounts Often Not A Good Deal For Students

The federal government should ban overdraft fees for financial accounts established through a partnership between banks and colleges and universities, according to a new report from the Center for Responsible Lending. Those overdraft fees can cost students hundreds of dollars a year — more than books — on accounts often set up to handle financial [...]

Amendment Would Give Charter Schools A Share Of School Construction Money

School districts would have to share local school construction and maintenance money with charter schools, according to an amendment filed by an influential state senator. Sen. Don Gaetz, a former Senate president, filed the amendment Tuesday. The amendment would require half of the money raised by an optional local property tax to be split between [...]

Job Market Improving For Recent College Grads, But Pay Is Not

New college graduates are finding it easier to land their first job  – and unemployment rates are dropping for most degree holders. But paychecks are still getting smaller for most recent grads, according to a study from Georgetown University’s Center on Education and the Workforce. The study shows that unemployment was down for nearly every [...]

Explaining Performance Funding For Florida Universities

A portion of Florida university's funding depends on how they score on the state's performance funding scale.

A Florida State University researcher says programs which reward colleges and universities for hitting targets — known as performance funding — don’t help more students graduate or stay in school. Florida has performance funding for its university system. So how does it work? Universities are scored in ten categories, with a maximum of 50 points. [...]

Study: Performance Funding Doesn’t Improve Higher Ed Graduation Rates

Performance funding in public higher education is a way for states to hold institutions accountable for certain outcomes. But new research shows it doesn’t do much to keep students enrolled or boost graduation rates. A study co-authored by Dr. David Tandberg, Florida State University assistant professor of higher education, shows little difference in outcomes between institutions [...]

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