Education

The first in his family to graduate college, Mike Martin worked in higher education his entire career, watching as its role in society evolves, all the while rising through the ranks to lead schools large and small. Now he is president of FGCU in Southwest Florida, a school that saw booming growth recently, and is now on a steadier path to increase in size and graduation rates.

Photo: FGCU via Facebook

After nearly a decade at the helm of Florida Gulf Coast University, president Dr. Wilson Bradshaw is stepping down at the end of June.

Before his tenure at FGCU, Dr. Bradshaw found himself linked to fundamental changes in Florida’s educational and cultural worlds. As a high school freshman, he was one of the first seven students to desegregate Central Junior High in West Palm Beach; he credits his mother for making him a part of that pioneering group. That change was mirrored across the gradually desegregating community, and in black communities across Florida.

Some school districts are chafing under a provision meant to adjust funding based on cost of living.  They’re applauding an effort to study the system, but from different perspectives.

Today’s Topical Currents looks at how the “News Literacy Project” empowers students to resist the inaccuracy and bias of “fake news.”

Extreme headings lure readers into ad pop-ups. “News-bots” use artificial intelligence to automate stories, while propagandists cleverly post online.

The News Literacy Project shows how to identify and fact-check stories in a program of the Miami-Dade Public Library System

As Florida students return to universities and state colleges this month for a new academic year, many will benefit from a major expansion of need-based financial aid.

Florida's main program aimed at students with financial need, known as “student assistance grants,” will expand to cover a record 234,824 students in the 2017-18 academic year, an increase of 112,495 students from last year, according to an estimate approved Wednesday by state analysts.

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