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13th Grade: Adding Up The Cost Of Remedial College Courses

Students and Florida taxpayers pay a price for remedial education in several ways From 2004 to 2011, Florida’s remedial education costs for both students and schools ballooned from $118 million to $168 million. At the same time, state college funding has declined $544 million since 2007, causing tuition increases and creating a greater need for […]

Education Is Moving Up Gov. Rick Scott’s List of Priorities

Increasing the number of jobs in Florida has been Gov. Rick Scott’s priority since he was on the campaign trail. He told reporters at the Capitol Tuesday his focus now is on education. “If you look at where the state’s going long-term, if we have the best education system, we’re going to have the jobs,” […]

Florida 2012 Education Funding Increase Fifth-Largest In Nation

Florida had the fifth-largest increase in per-student school funding this year, according to a new ranking from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. Florida added $1 billion in additional K-12 funding in the current budget, moving the state to the middle of the pack for percentage of education funding cut since 2008. Last year […]

Florida Universities Join Effort To Ease Visa Requirements For STEM Grads

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 […]

County Officials See Signs Florida Property Values Are On The Rise

The Florida real estate market is showing signs it has finally hit bottom, which is good news for schools suffering budget cuts due to a declining property tax base. Martin County officials reported the county’s property tax base declined 1 percent last year. That’s less than county officials expected and the smallest decline in five […]

Florida’s Economy Has A Mixed Outlook For Colleges, Grads

Florida’s economy isn’t back to pre-recession peak levels, but it’s growing. That’s what the Blue Ribbon Task Force on State Higher Education Reform heard Monday as the panel looks for ways to reform the State University System. Panel members want to know what the job market will look like in the coming years and which […]

Explaining The Creeping Cost Of Missing School

As many as 15 million students are missing at least one in 10 days of school every year, reducing their chance of graduating from high school or college. That’s according to a new report from GetSchooled.org and researchers at Johns Hopkins University. At a weekend education conference in Philadelphia, GetSchooled and other experts cited three […]

Five Ways Gov. Rick Scott Could Make His Florida Polytechnic Decision

Gov. Rick Scott is in a tough position when it comes to signing or vetoing legislation that would create a Florida Polytechnic University in Lakeland independent from the University of South Florida system. The decision is due Saturday, but the Lakeland Ledger and others have reported Scott will announce his decision today. The consequences for […]

Clermont Struggles With Homeless Students

The Associated Press has a terrific profile out on a homeless student in Lake County, the latest in a series of stories using Florida as the face of the Great Recession. The story follows a 60 Minutes profile of two Seminole County siblings. The Florida Center for Investigative Reporting looked at the rising numbers of […]

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