Education

A massive higher education bill became the first real piece of legislation heard by the full Florida Senate Wednesday.

The legislation would, among other things, change how the performance of state colleges and universities is calculated, something that according to critics would benefit of more traditional four-year universities.

A state appeals court has overturned a ruling concerning school testing in Florida.

The judgment is a major setback for the “Opt-Out” movement.

Higher Education Package Headed To Senate Vote

Mar 8, 2017

The Florida Senate is poised to approve a major higher-education package that would expand the use of Bright Futures scholarships and tighten graduation standards for universities and state colleges.

The Senate Appropriations Committee on Thursday voted to combine the major elements of Senate President Joe Negron's higher-education initiative into one bill (SB 2), which also creates funding pools that will allow state universities to hire and retain top-level faculty and reward outstanding graduate programs.

Photo: Awake the State

As the 2017 Florida legislative session begins, activists are rallying behind under the “Awake the State” banner are gathering in towns all over Florida tonight, including Fort Myers.

They’re making demands on lawmakers in Tallahassee on topics ranging from education funding, to environmental issues, and more. 

New rankings released by U.S. News and World Report say Florida is the number one state in the nation for higher education.


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