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Seeking Top 10 Ranking, University of Florida Adds New Staff

The University of Florida is adding more staff in its effort to climb into the top 10 of public research universities. Lawmakers set the goal for UF last year — and set aside $15 million for each of the next five years to get it done. The biggest portion of that money was used to […]

Florida Matters: The End Of Remedial College Classes

Half of Florida students who take the state’s college placement exam end up failing at least one section. In the past, those students would have brush up in remedial reading, writing or math courses before starting their college degree. But a new Florida law will allow most recent high school graduates to skip those remedial […]

More Pressure On Advisers As Florida Colleges Eliminate Remedial Courses

The average adviser at Hillsborough Community College is responsible for 1,500 students. Thanks to a new law eliminating most remedial reading, writing and math courses at Florida community colleges, those advisers need to touch base with every new and returning student before the spring semester starts. Advisers and other support staff guide students as they […]

Read Florida’s New Law Making Remedial College Courses Voluntary

Many students who enroll in Florida community colleges will no longer have to take remedial reading, writing and math courses starting this spring. That’s because Florida lawmakers approved a law (SB 1720) which makes the courses and placement test voluntary for many students. Remedial courses force students to pay for refresher classes before starting on […]

Why Remedial Classes Are No Longer Required At Florida Colleges

Khadejah Gilbert found out she wasn’t quite ready for higher education when she enrolled in Hillsborough Community College. She’s one of many students who had to take brush up in basic subjects before starting her associate of arts degree in liberal arts. The classes cost money, but don’t come with any credit “I took prep […]

New Technology Making It Harder For Florida Schools To Track Bullying

Florida schools are running into a handful of problems as they try to carry out the state’s new law targeting online or electronic bullying, according to testimony at a Senate committee meeting today. Florida lawmakers approved HB 609 in May. The bill defines online, or cyber, bullying, and allows school districts to investigate if off-campus […]

Read The Business Plan For Florida’s New Online University

Tomorrow the Florida university system board of governors will meet to discuss University of Florida Online. Lawmakers created the university this spring after studying online options for two years. The online-only university will be part of the University of Florida and is scheduled to start classes in January. Supporters say the school will more access […]

Florida Had Second-Largest 2013 Education Funding Increase, Study Says

Florida had the second-largest per pupil increase in education spending for the 2013-2014 budget year, according to an analysis by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. But Florida still spends 3.9 percent less — $157 per student — on education now than it did in 2008 prior to the Great Recession. At least 34 […]

A Q & A With Senate Education Committee Chairman John Legg

Port Richey Republican Sen. John Legg has founded a charter school and is chairman of the Senate Education committee. So people listened when Legg raised some of the first warnings about whether Florida would be ready for new English, literacy and math standards — and the accompanying tests — by the start of the 2014 […]

Governor’s Office Answers Questions About Teacher Raises

A lot of teachers must be wondering exactly how the state plans to dole out $480 million in newly approved educator raises. The governor’s office has created a list of frequently asked questions about the salary increases. The answers make it clear that the districts must negotiate the pay hikes with the local teachers union […]

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