New Florida Laws That Go into Effect as of July 2020 (Part 2)

Governor Ron DeSantis has signed a bill into law that will allow Florida college athletes to make money from their name, image and likeness on June 12, 2020 in Miami, Florida, USA. Photo: Yes Market Media/Shutterstock.com House Bill 7067 – School Choice The “School Choice” bill modifies provisions in the Family Empowerment Scholarship (FES), the

Florida’s Billion-Dollar Budget Cut by Governor DeSantis Due to Coronavirus

Image by yanivmatza from Pixabay  Florida Governor Ron DeSantis cut more than $1 billion from the state budget on Monday (June 29). The budget cut has brought the state budget to $92.2 billion. The state saw a historic surge in unemployment claims as Floridians began to stay home amid the COVID-19 pandemic. It also set

Governor DeSantis Approves Pay Increase for Teachers in Florida

Image by emmaws4s from Pixabay  Governor Ron DeSantis on Wednesday, June 24 signed a bill making teacher pay increases official. The bill has been a long time coming as teachers in Florida have fought for legislation to increase the minimum wage for themselves. Despite the budget vetoes DeSantis is faced up against because of the

University of Florida Ranked Among Leading Innovative Universities

Image by felixioncool from Pixabay  The University of Florida has ranked among the top universities that inspire innovative ideas, license start-ups, and perform ground-breaking research in different fields. According to a report released last week by the George W. Bush Institute and the Opus Faveo Innovation Development consulting firm, UF ranked high in terms of

Florida Bright Futures Eases Requirements for Students Due to Coronavirus

As part of the effort to ease some of the restrictions put in place because of COVID-19, the Department of Education in Florida has decided to go easy on recipients of Florida’s Bright Futures Scholarship Program. The requirement to complete volunteer service hours will be temporarily suspended. Also, a deadline to earn qualifying standardized test

Governor Ron DeSantis Looks to “Fully Reopen” Florida’s Schools

Image by Ernie A. Stephens from Pixabay  Governor Ron DeSantis has called for the reopening of Florida’s K-12 schools at “full capacity” in the fall. The Florida governor made the announcement on Thursday, June 11. DeSantis announced state recommendations for a return to on-campus instruction in the upcoming school year. In his announcement, DeSantis also

State Leaders Say Florida Universities To Reopen in the Fall

Students walk to classes by the USF Bull mascot near the Marshall Student Center on the University of South Florida college campus quad in Tampa, FL, USA on January 15, 2020. Photo and Caption: Leigh Trail/Shutterstock.com State higher education leaders announced Monday, May 18 that Florida’s public university campuses will reopen in the fall. Details

Governor Ron DeSantis: Florida Could Host NFL Games in the Fall

Aerial view of Ben Hill Griffin Stadium at the University of Florida in Gainesville. Photo and Caption:  felixtm/Depositphotos.com Governor DeSantis said on May 13 that the University of Florida (UF) could allow NFL teams to use Florida Field, better known as the Swamp if they need venues to play football in the fall. The Florida

Florida International University to Build New Pedestrian Bridge Two Years After Fatal Collapse

National Transportation Safety Board inspectors stand along a section of the FIU bridge on March 16, 2018, the day after it collapsed. The NTSB faulted all parties involved in the project for failing to exercise due diligence in addressing “abnormal” cracks. Photo and Caption: Charles Trainor, Jr./www.miamiherald.com Florida International University (FIU), the largest research university

Florida High School Seniors to Graduate Virtually AND Attend In-Person Ceremonies After Stay-at Home Orders Expire

Students in the Little Miami High School Class of 2019 on Sunday, May 19, 2019. Photo: www.littlemiamischools.com/ High school graduation is more than an end-of-the-year tradition in American high schools. It’s a right of passage in a way. To be able to go to a large venue in a cap and gown to celebrate four