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Race surfaces again on college campuses, the feds investigate Duval schools and more



RACE ON CAMPUS: A Facebook page promoting a “UCF White Student Union” has appeared online, the Orlando Sentinel reports. The paper also references a Washington Post report about more than 30 similar Facebook groups at schools around the country. The Gainesville Sun reports that the University of Florida is working with Facebook to remove a “white student union” page that uses the school’s name and logo without permission. Florida State University deals with a similar issue, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.

FEDERAL INVESTIGATION: Busy day Tuesday at the Florida Times-Union, which reported that the Duval County school district is the subject of a civil rights investigation by the U.S. Department of Education. The agency will “examine whether the district fails to provide African American and Hispanic students with equitable access to quality education.” In other news, the Times-Union reports that the local NAACP chapter has countered Duval superintendent Nikolai Vitti’s plans to revamp a number of schools, saying it has its own list of ideas for change.

VERDICT IS IN: A federal grand jury in Miami convicts the owner of the for-profit college FastTrain on theft and conspiracy charges, the Miami Herald reports.

BE SURE TO SMILE: High school marching band members from Brevard and Collier counties are playing in Thursday’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City, according to accounts in Florida Today and the Naples Daily News.

CAUGHT: Police discover that the 60-year-old former president of Keiser University’s Daytona Beach campus exchanged "inappropriate" texts with three girls, ages 13 to 15, but he will not face charges, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.

A LOT OF PR: Florida Polytechnic University in Lakeland pays a Tampa PR firm more than $200,000 to help with media relations even though the school has its own communications and marketing staff with a budget of $2 million, The Ledger reports.

[Last modified: Monday, November 30, 2015 7:43am]


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