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Florida Board of Education to adjust college starting dates

Florida lawmakers won quite a bit of attention when they changed the law governing the first day of classes in K-12 schools. Students will have a much shorter summer break this year as a result.

Little noticed, though, was the added flexibility given to Florida's colleges in setting their class dates.

On Friday, the Florida Board of Education will consider enacting rules giving the colleges more room deciding when to begin courses each term.

Under the old rule, the schools would have to begin during first three weekdays after August 22, first three weekdays after January 4, and the first three weekdays after May 5. If approved, the new schedule would give the colleges more discretion, letting them start the fall semester any time between August 10 and August 31, the winter semester between January 2 and January 11, and the summer term between May 1 and May 16.

The State Board meets Friday in Orlando. See the full agenda here.

[Last modified: Thursday, May 19, 2016 1:39pm]


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