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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 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 […]

Florida FAFSA Completion, By The Numbers

Yesterday we told you about a program in Miami-Dade County schools to help more students complete the federal financial aid application, known as the FAFSA. Here’s some graphs to Here’s how Florida compares to California, Texas and the national average for the rate of high school graduates who submit a FAFSA:

Why Paperwork Is Worth Millions To Florida College Students

It’s a midweek school night at Miami Beach Senior High School. Students, their parents and siblings — roughly 80 people in all — are waiting in the school’s library to get on a computer and answer a lot of questions. Miami Beach Senior High college adviser Maria Sahwell and experienced counselors will walk families through […]

South Florida College Leaders Support President’s Free College Plan

The leaders of two of the nation’s largest community colleges say they support President Barack Obama’s proposal to give students two years of college for free. Obama proposed the idea in Tennessee Friday. In a written statement, Broward College president J. David Armstrong says the proposal could mean more training for teachers, nurses, paramedics, firefighters […]

Bill Would Set Minimum Teacher Starting Salary Of $50,000

Beginning teachers would earn at least a $50,000 salary – starting next school year – under a bill filed this week in Tallahassee. Sen. Darren Soto (D-Orlando) filed the bill, SB 280, which cites a need for the state to attract and retain teachers. It seeks to increase their pay without affecting other personnel and […]

Florida Comes In 28th On State Education System Ranking

Florida’s earned a C grade and ranked 28th overall on this year’s Education Week Quality Counts ratings. Education Week gave the state strong scores for equity in student achievement. Test results show minority students generally perform better in Florida than other states, and the gap between white and minority student scores is smaller in Florida […]

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