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About 100 educators and community leaders rose to their feet and applauded Governor DeSantis as he entered the North Collier Regional Park's community center in Naples Tuesday afternoon.


Documents obtained by NPR shed new light on a bitter fight between defrauded student borrowers and U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos.

These borrowers — more than 200,000 of them — say some for-profit colleges lied to them about their job prospects and the transferability of credits. They argue they were defrauded and that the Education Department should erase their federal student loan debt under a rule called "borrower defense."

It's been the subject of derision and lawsuits. Even Gov. Ron DeSantis has been critical of the program. Now the lights could be dimming on Florida's Best & Brightest teacher bonus program. A Florida Senate education panel got started on a repeal Monday.

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Palm Beach County public schools want to shorten March’s spring break vacation by a day and cancel classes on the day of the March 17 presidential primary. The proposed last-minute changes, little more than three months before the dates in question, ensure that no students will be in class when voters turn out at voting site on public school campuses. To offset the canceled classes on March 17, the school district plans to shorten the spring break by a day, from six days off to five days off. Read more at the

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The Miami-Dade County School Board’s plan to hire a manager for WLRN radio and television stations is on hold for now.

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Florida schools could soon come equipped with the drug that reverses heroin overdoses.

Porfa please. Pero like. Janguear (to hang out).

These Spanglish phrases are all the results of contact between Spanish and English. In a Texas college classroom, students are learning that Spanglish — a version of Spanish that's influenced by English — is just as valid as any other Spanish dialect.

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A top Miami-Dade County Public Schools administrator is departing the district after two dozen years to lead another one.

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A team of researchers led by the University of Central Florida has been awarded a $3.4 million grant to develop a program to help home-buyers evaluate potential property risks from natural disasters.

The research team will use the grant to gather data, analyze it, and create a “Hazard Score” for every community, county, and state in the gulf region.

The next phase of the project aims to make their findings more publicly accessible by offering it through an easy-to-use app and websites such as Zillow and Trulia.

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Miami-Dade County Public Schools is opening a new front in the war against opioids, with a board member actively recruiting other urban school systems to join the district's pending lawsuit over the effects of addictive pain medications on students and staff.

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Some Florida dentists, hygienists, students and advocates are promoting a legislative proposal to create a new tier of providers who could offer routine procedures to people who lack access to oral health care.

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis released his wish list for the 2020-2021 budget. It totals 91.4 billion, with much of that $400 million increase going to education. 

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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is proposing a $91.4 billion state budget for the fiscal year that begins in July.

The budget proposal released Monday is slightly more than the state’s current $91 billion spending plan.

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Research students from Florida Atlantic University, Broward College and Miami Dade College showcased their projects Friday morning at the 9th annual student research symposium in Davie. 

The students were judged on how clearly they were able to communicate their research to an audience that reaches beyond fellow scientists.

Many of the projects focused on health and environmental issues - like studying Bachman's sparrow. 

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