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Choosing a college is an important decision. Understanding what is important to the student is the first step. Florida Trend’s Florida Education Guide was created to provide families with the best starting knowledge for selecting a college in the state. The Florida Education Guide is a veritable resource for comparing and contrasting Florida post-secondary education options, answering questions about school acceptance and graduation rates, available degree programs, cost and more again. [Source: Florida Trend]

Florida charter schools are mostly exempt from the Education Laws of 2022. Here’s why.

The roughly 340,000 children who attend charter schools do not appear to be affected by this year’s large school legislation. This is because it applies to the chapter of Florida statutes relating to the powers of district school boards, a section from which charter schools are exempt. Lawmakers did not leave charters completely unregulated, however. Schools must follow the new law requiring high school students to pass a financial literacy course to graduate, for example. [Source: Tampa Bay Times]

Florida colleges must administer a “Diversity of Views” survey. Don’t take it, says the teachers’ union.

A union representing faculty at Florida State universities discourages members from participating in a survey intended to determine student and employee political leanings and the political climate on their campuses. The measure passed by the Republican-controlled Legislature and signed into law last year by Florida Governor Ron DeSantis requires public universities to conduct an annual assessment of views and freedom of expression on campus. More of the PA and the Chronicle of higher education.

Florida standards ratings are given for the last time

Monday marked the beginning of the end for Florida standards assessments, as it is the last time teachers will administer the controversial exams to students. Governor Ron DeSantis said Florida will become the first state in the nation to completely transition to a progress tracking system for student accountability next year. [Source: WPTV]

Judge rules against school on pre-game prayer

In a lengthy legal battle, a federal judge has dismissed arguments that the Florida High School Athletic Association improperly blocked Christian schools from offering a prayer over a stadium loudspeaker before a state championship football game in Florida. 2015. U.S. District Judge Charlene Edwards Honeywell released a 38-page ruling on Thursday that the association, the governing body for high school sports, is a “state actor” and did not violate the rights of the First Amendment when she refused to allow a prayer on the public-address system before a game between Cambridge Christian School in Tampa and University Christian School in Jacksonville. [Source: News Service of Florida]


› Alachua County School Bus Driver Shortage Issues Resurface as District Increases Hiring Efforts
Public schools in Alachua County have had a shortage of bus drivers for more than a year and are in desperate need of dozens more drivers. At this point, anything would help, officials say. “To be full we would need about 30 more drivers, but even 10 more would be a big help,” said school district spokesperson Jackie Johnson.

› The University of North Florida launches the Women in Business initiative
The University of North Florida announced a new Women in Business initiative at its Coggin College of Business, designed to foster confidence, capability, and connections for women and provide female students with opportunities for mentorship and advancement. professional in the community. An April 5 university press release says Jacksonville companies Borland Groover Clinic, CSX Corp., The Adecco Group and Truist are providing seed funding as founding supporters.

› Florida Tech Film Festival features short films from around the world
Every April, Florida Tech students hold a film festival to showcase student and independent films to the community. This year, more than two dozen short films from the United States and around the world will be presented. The 5th Annual FITV Film Festival will take place at the Gleason Performing Arts Center on the Florida Tech campus and online April 15-16, 2022. The free festival is run entirely by Florida Tech Video Productions (FITV) students.

› The FIU officially launches the presidential search
A Florida International University presidential search committee held an initial meeting Tuesday, setting a timeline for the process of selecting a new leader. Former CRF chairman Mark Rosenberg abruptly announced his resignation in January, later explaining that he had “caused discomfort” for a colleague. Kenneth Jessell, the university’s chief financial officer, was named interim president.

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