Education

The Board of Education wants Governor Rick Scott to craft a state budget that would allow schools to issue computers to students who don't have one either at school or at home for homework.

It’s part of a more than 400 million dollar initiative to expand internet and wireless services in Florida schools, and offer computer access to students around the clock.

Some standardized tests are now online only, and board members say students who don't have computers at home need more experience using computers before they start taking important tests on them.

On Tuesday, the Florida Board of Education wrapped up two days of meetings in Orlando with a discussion about a court case that could have a major impact on the state’s school system. The state board is one of the defendants in the case.

A North Florida non-profit group called Citizens for Strong Schools is suing the state Board of Education and leaders in Florida’s House and Senate. Those lawmakers are accused of violating the state constitution by failing to provide for adequate education of Florida students.

The Florida Board of Education is meeting in Orlando this week to discuss state budget requests and a legislative agenda. They could also decide whether to challenge a court decision granting in-state tuition to the children of undocumented immigrants.

Florida requires students prove their parents are residents to receive in-state tuition. But a federal judge says Florida can't force the children of undocumented immigrants to pay full price for college. Now the state Board of Education must decide whether to challenge the ruling.

Court Hears Argument on Tuition Power

Oct 5, 2012

Backers of giving the Florida Board of Governors more power to raise tuition and fees faced tough questioning Thursday from the state Supreme Court.

Former Governor and U.S. Senator Bob Graham led the group of plaintiffs. Their lawyer argued that the 2002 constitutional amendment creating the board gave it – not the Legislature - the power to set tuition and fees at public colleges and universities.

Graham Blasts GOP Investment in Higher Ed

Oct 4, 2012

Former Governor Bob Graham and Florida Democratic Party chair Rod Smith Wednesday blasted the course of education funding under Republican state leaders. Both said there is a strong relationship between the state’s economy and its investment in higher education. 

Graham pointed proudly to his two terms as governor from 1979 to 1987. He said the state ranked high nationally for student achievement and for the funding Florida provided. 

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