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Bright Futures Scholarships May Soon Require Less Paperwork

With no discussion or fanfare, the Senate Education Committee has approved a bill that would remove a small piece of red tape for students who want to receive Bright Futures scholarships. Under the bill, SB 680, students would not be required to submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA requirement went [...]

The Florida Senate’s 2013 Agenda So Far: In-State Tuition; Teacher Pay; Disabilities

Veterans would have an easier time receiving in-state tuition at Florida colleges and universities if a bill introduced by Sen. Jack Latvala becomes law.

While the Florida House has plenty of education-related bills to consider, Senators have introduced even more. The Senate has also introduced a bill, SB 180, granting the U.S. citizen children of undocumented immigrants in-state tuition rates. Those students would have to attend school in Florida for four years and apply to college within twelve months [...]

Florida Legislature Puts Tuition For Children of Immigrants At Top Of Agenda

Immigrant activists says their next step is fighting for status for their parents and passing the DREAM Act.

Florida lawmakers are holding committee meetings in the state capital this week, preparing for the start of the legislative session on March 5th. So far, just a handful of education-related bills have been filed in the Florida House of Representatives. The big issue is complying with a federal court ruling that says Florida can not [...]

Highlights From State Board Of Education Meeting

The State Board of Education had a day-long meeting in Orlando Tuesday. Here are the highlights: The Board approved a plan by the Florida Department of Education to ask lawmakers for $15.2 billion in spending next fiscal year. That’s a 4.4 percent increase over the current year. The Board figures the state’s transition to digital [...]

Florida Senate Kills Bill Granting In-State Tuition To U.S.-Born Children

Sen. Steve Oelrich, R-Gainesville, objected to a bill granting the children of undocumented immigrants access to in-state tuition rates.

A bill that would allow Florida-born U.S. citizens to pay in-state college tuition fees regardless of the immigration status of their parents, died yesterday in the Florida Senate committee on Higher Education. Sen. Steve Oelrich, a Gainesville Republican who chairs the committee, interrupted a 20-year-old Miami Dade College student, Carla Montes, during her emotional testimony. Montes [...]

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