Education

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The director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau says the Trump administration's Education Department is getting in the way of efforts to police the student loan industry. The revelation, in a letter obtained by NPR, comes at the same time that lawsuits allege that widespread wrongdoing by student loan companies is costing some borrowers thousands of dollars.

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Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a controversial measure requiring school districts to share a cut of local money with charter schools on Wednesday.

The bill, which largely addresses tax relief following hurricanes and tax cuts for business leases, drew opposition from school districts that object to sharing tax dollars with charters run by for-profit companies. The change in law means that districts will have to share money collected through special voter referendums.

Florida Lawmakers Eye Change In Divvying Up School Money

May 14, 2019

A long-controversial part of the state’s formula for distributing money to public schools could be headed toward a change.

Trump Targets Pell Grant Money For NASA's Budget Boost

May 14, 2019

The Trump administration wants to shift money for Pell Grants for college education to fund new spending, including a $1.6 billion bump for NASA to return American astronauts to the moon by 2024. 

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Officials from Broward County Public Schools met in Fort Lauderdale Monday afternoon to formally introduce the new principal who is expected to take over leadership at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland. 

Michelle Kefford, recently named Florida's 2019 Principal of the Year, has been recommended to take on the role.

Kefford started her education career as a biology teacher at MSD nearly 20 years ago. She said she is still forming her plan for the school. 

DeSantis Signs Bill Allowing Armed Teachers

May 9, 2019

Gov. Ron DeSantis on Wednesday signed legislation that expands the controversial school “guardian” program to allow armed classroom teachers. 

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Florida lawmakers have finished their work for the year. The 60-day legislative session had to have a few extra hours on Saturday for them to okay a $91.1 billion state budget.

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A new program that would allow more Florida students to use taxpayer-funded vouchers to pay for private school in Florida has passed — and is likely to end up in a court battle.

Florida lawmakers on Thursday gave final approval to a key portion of Gov. Ron DeSantis’ education agenda, which seeks to boost the state’s workforce by helping students pursue vocational and technical training in high school.

The legislation, which passed unanimously in the House and the Senate, would create a new pathway to high school graduation focused on technical and vocational training and would inject more money into apprenticeship programs in public schools as well as state colleges and universities.

Florida Lawmakers Pass Bill Allowing More Armed Teachers

May 2, 2019

More Florida classroom teachers could carry guns in school under a bill passed Wednesday by state lawmakers, the latest response to last year's mass shooting at a Parkland high school. 

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The City of Miami Beach and Miami-Dade County Public Schools' "STEAM Plus" pilot program, which stands for science, technology, engineering, art and math, is exposing students to the performing arts. The idea of STEAM Plus is to find ways in which the arts intersect with math and science programs. 

More than 80% of parents in the U.S. support the teaching of climate change. And that support crosses political divides, according to the results of an exclusive new NPR/Ipsos poll: Whether they have children or not, two-thirds of Republicans and 9 in 10 Democrats agree that the subject needs to be taught in school.

A separate poll of teachers found that they are even more supportive, in theory — 86% agree that climate change should be taught.

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Broward sheriff’s deputies pepper-sprayed, tackled and punched teens while responding to an after-school call near J.P. Taravella High School on Thursday afternoon, video shot by a student shows.

The footage shows at least two deputies take a boy down, bang his forehead into the pavement and repeatedly punch him in the head.

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A controversial state law aiming to attract more charter schools to Florida could soon transform public education options in Miami’s Liberty City neighborhood.

The national charter school network KIPP is asking for more than $23 million in state funding to establish five campuses in Liberty City, eventually serving about 2,800 students in grades K-12.

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