Florida education news: University budget cuts, Frank Brogan, high school grades and more
HIGHER EDUCATION CUTS: UCF recommends eliminating four academic programs and suspending another despite faculty and student protests, the Orlando Sentinel reports. (Photo from Orlando Sentinel)
BROGAN, BROGAN, HE’S OUR MAN: With politics and political patronage still trumping academics, FAU President and former Lt. Gov. Frank Brogan is probably the best man for chancellor, Miami Herald columnist Fred Grimm writes.
GRADING WORRIES: Alachua and Marion school district officials worry that new criteria for grading high schools will result in lower grades, the Gainesville Sun reports.
MOVIN’ ON UP: Broward School Board member Maureen Dinnen, a former president of the state teachers union, considers a run for state House, the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.
THANKS, TECHNOLOGY: A $20 million technology overhaul boosted student achievement in St. Lucie County, according to a study by the district and academic publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, tcpalm.com reports.
EDUCATING VETERANS: Sixty-two Florida colleges, universities and schools are participating in a program to improve financial aid for military veterans, the Bradenton Herald reports.
JUST MOVIN’ ON: Students at 12 Lee County schools are eligible to transfer because their schools failed to meet federal standards (even though seven of them earned A’s from the state), the Fort Myers News Press reports.
PILE O’ PAPER WORK: The Green Team at Brevard Community College’s Cocoa campus collects 233 tons of paper as part of a recyling effort, reports Florida Today’s Cram Session blog.
SUMMER READING: The Ledger compiles a list of recommended books for students over the summer.
MASSACRE REVISITED: A new film focuses on the Orangeburg Massacre, the 1968 shooting of unarmed black college students in South Carolina. A 1967 graduate of Fort Lauderdale’s Stranahan High School was among those killed, the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.