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Five Questions For The National Education Association VP

The first presidential debate of 2012 will be held tomorrow night between President Barack Obama and Gov. Mitt Romney. The National Education Association will be watching. NEA Vice President Lily Eskelsen says the differences between the two candidates “are night and day.” The NEA has already endorsed Obama, and Eskelsen was appointed by Obama to […]

Presidential Candidates Talk Schools At NBC News’ Education Nation

President Barack Obama and Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney both appeared at NBC News’ Education Nation event in New York City today. Here’s video of the two interviews. Obama sat down with Savannah Guthrie in a pre-recorded interview while Romney was interviewed by Brian Williams and took audience questions. Visit NBCNews.com for breaking news, world […]

Undocumented Immigrant Students Line Up To Apply For Temporary Status

More than 140,000 Florida undocumented students can now apply for a temporary work visa and a stay from deportation. Both are part of a new federal initiative which makes its easier for young immigrants to remain in the United States legally. President Barack Obama ordered the change a year and a half after the failure […]

Federal Immigration Order Brings Relief For Florida Students

Young immigrant rights activists in Miami are celebrating and breathing a sigh of relief. President Barack Obama announced that undocumented young people in the U.S. will no longer have to fear deportation. His executive order applies to immigrants under 30 who got here before they were 16 years old. Immigration has long been a contentious […]

Why Mitt Romney’s Education Plan Sounds Familiar To Florida — And What’s New

Presumed Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney rolled out his education plan Wednesday in Washington, D.C.: More school choice options; reward high-performing charter schools and help them expand; require easy-to-read school report cards. Stop us if you’ve heard this story before. And if Romney’s influences were still a bit cloudy, he made them explicit in his […]

Five Changes To Expect From Florida’s ‘No Child’ Waiver

So you’ve just been granted a waiver by the U.S. Department of Education — congrats on being one of the lucky 10. You’re ready to take your first steps toward Leaving No Child Left Behind, well, behind! But what does the waiver mean? How will it change things for Florida schools, students and parents? Here’s […]

White House Gives Florida ‘Green Light’ On ‘No Child’ Waiver

The White House has confirmed that Florida is one of ten states which has been granted a waiver from No Child Left Behind requirements. Of eleven states initially applying, only New Mexico was not approved today. In a statement, President Barack Obama said the move will give states the “green light to continue making reforms […]

What Obama’s ‘No Child’ Waivers Say About The State Of The Union

Note: This post was written by StateImpact Indiana reporter Kyle Stokes. When President Obama announced a plan in September to allow states to apply for waivers from key requirements of the No Child Left Behind law, he took a shot at Congress. “I’ve urged Congress for a while now — let’s get a bipartisan effort, […]

Three Florida Colleges Leave Graduates Deep in Debt

OnlineUniversity.net has released an infographic on schools that graduate students with the most and least college loan debt. And three of the top five colleges with the highest student debt are in Florida. 3rd place: Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. with an average student debt of $43,206 4th place: Barry University in Miami […]

Feds Will Deport Florida DREAM Act Youth Despite White House Priority on Criminals

In August 2011, the Obama administration announced it would prioritize deporting people convicted of crimes. That meant shifting resources away from low-priority cases—such as undocumented children who came to the U.S. at a young age, or DREAM Act kids, and others. One idea behind the new policy was to protect DREAM Act-eligible kids from deportation in case Congress were […]

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