Negotiators agree on $12.4 billion for Florida school funding

Negotiators agree on $12.4 billion for Florida school funding

House and Senate budget writers agreed Wednesday to set aside $12.4 billion for the Florida Education Finance Program, the primary mechanism for funding the operations of school districts. House and Senate negotiators need to continue working out details of the education budget plan for the fiscal year starting July 1. More from WJXT, WFSU, and Florida Politics.

Florida may raise requirements for Bright Futures. It could hurt students of color most

High school sophomores beware: Test scores required to qualify for Florida’s Bright Futures college scholarships may be changing again, this time for students who graduate in 2021 and beyond. Bills moving through both chambers of the Florida Legislature propose to raise the required scores for getting one of the merit-based scholarships. [Source: Times/Herald]

Florida Prepaid offers state employees discount

With just a weeks remaining in the annual Prepaid Plan Open Enrollment period, CFO Jimmy Patronis and the Florida Prepaid College Board are collaborating to offer an incentive to state employees, encouraging them to lock in affordable prices for Florida Prepaid College Plans. State employees who sign up for a plan using an exclusive promo code will get $30 off their application fee. [Source: Tallahassee Democrat]

How case analysis helps FSU business students solve real-world problems, hone career skills

The ability to extract data and analyze information critically, solve a current business problem or grow an existing business is crucial for business students. That’s why Florida State University works to ensure students develop the creative reasoning skills integral to their business success and career growth. [Source: FSU News]

First group completes UCF program for students with disabilities

The first graduating class of the University of Central Florida Inclusive Education Services program will complete a program designed for students with intellectual disabilities this spring. Students in the program, which is part of UCF Inclusive Education Services, aren’t seeking bachelor’s degrees, though they take courses designed to prepare them for their adult lives and careers and receive a credential intended specifically for them. [Source: Orlando Sentinel]

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› Florida Virtual School interim president claims knighthood — but is it legit? [Orlando Sentinel]
The Florida Virtual School’s new top executive uses a British title in front of her name and claims knighthood from an ancient order of chivalry, but there are questions about the legitimacy of the title

› Stetson University Ethics Team Takes First and Second at IBESCC [Florida Trend]
Stetson University students took home a first place and two second place wins at the International Business Ethics and Sustainability Case Competition (IBECC) held recently in Los Angeles, Calif. IBESCC is the nation’s oldest and most prestigious event where students from around the world compete to identify business problems and apply ethical solutions.

› Florida vaccination rates for this school year are in. How did your county do? [Orlando Sentinel]
The vaccination rates of kindergartners at public and private schools for the 2018-19 school year show that statewide, the rates are slightly below the goal of 95%. Seventh graders exceeded the goal at 96%, with the exception of private schools.

› Central Florida college students feel effects of metro area’s housing shortage [WMFE]
As enrollment grows at colleges and universities, they face a challenge: how to house students whether on campus or off campus. In Florida the student housing challenge unfolds against a backdrop of low income residents trying to find affordable housing.

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