The University of Florida Secures $70 Million Artificial Intelligence Partnership

Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay  The University of Florida (UF) has made a valuable investment in themselves.  The feat is thanks to a partnership with Silicon Valley-based technology company NVIDIA. UF and NVIDIA entered into a $70 million deal that UF officials say will make the school a leading educational institution for an artificial

Florida Teachers Union Sues to Stop Reopening Schools in the Fall

Image by Holly Dornak from Pixabay  The Florida Education Association (FEA) has filed a lawsuit against the state of Florida and Governor Ron DeSantis, suing to delay the reopening of schools and to not allow in-person classroom teaching in the fall. The state issued an emergency order on July 6 to reopen public schools for

Trump Administration Revokes Rule Requiring Foreign Students to Take In-Person Classes

Students walk to classes on the University of South Florida college campus quad in Tampa, Florida, USA on January 15, 2020. Photo and Caption: Leigh Trail/Shutterstock.com International students can breathe a sigh of relief… for now. The Trump administration has rescinded a rule that would have required international students to transfer schools or leave the

Education Commissioner Orders Florida Schools to Reopen in August

On Monday, June 6, Florida education commissioner Richard Corcoran issued an emergency order aimed at reopening schools in the fall. The Commissioner ordered public schools to reopen in August and offer “the full panoply of services” to students and families. The order stipulates that parents have the option of either sending their children back to

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