Education

At tribal summit, Biden pledges federal commitment to Indian Country

BY: - December 3, 2022

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden said this week that he is poised to designate Avi Kwa Ame, a sacred site for Native American tribes in southern Nevada, as a national monument that would ensure the preservation of ancestral lands for those 12 tribes. “I’m committed to protecting this sacred place that is central to the […]

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Florida is turning its back on the New South, embracing its Dixie-fied past

BY: - November 21, 2022

Florida was once a New South state. From the early 1960s to 2000 or so, Florida had leaders who looked to the future, determined to leave Jim Crow behind and separate ourselves from the likes of Alabama. We had governors committed to equal justice, open government, and voting rights — however imperfectly achieved. No more. […]

Most DeSantis-backed school board candidates in FL won in the 2022 elections

BY: - November 17, 2022

Overall, 25 of 30 school board candidates backed by Gov. Ron DeSantis in 2022 came out as winners, pushing a conservative and controversial agenda for Florida’s public school system, according to preliminary local election results. But whether those candidates will make a difference in the overall climate of the system is not yet clear. DeSantis […]

FBI confirms a single juvenile suspect behind most bomb threats to dozens of HBCUs

BY: - November 15, 2022

WASHINGTON — The FBI has officially announced that a single minor youth is the main suspect in most racially motivated bomb threats to dozens of Historically Black Colleges and Universities earlier this year that terrorized students. The FBI in a statement on Monday did not release any further details — only that the individual is under 18 […]

Six GOP-led states win national injunction against Biden student debt relief plan

BY: - November 15, 2022

WASHINGTON — A federal appeals court on Monday issued a nationwide injunction indefinitely blocking the Biden administration’s student debt relief program in response to a challenge by six GOP-led states. The unanimous ruling by the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Louis came after the six states — Nebraska, Missouri, Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas and South Carolina […]

Biden student debt relief plan thrown out by Texas judge; new applications halted

BY: - November 11, 2022

WASHINGTON — Late Thursday a federal judge in Texas struck down the Biden administration’s student debt relief plan, ruling that the program is unlawful, in a blow to 16 million student debt borrowers already approved for relief. The U.S. Department of Education now is no longer accepting applications for the program, according to the student […]

Board approves Sen. Ben Sasse to lead the University of Florida, despite outcry

BY: - November 9, 2022

The Florida Board of Governors has approved U.S. Sen. Ben Sasse as the next president of University of Florida, following weeks of controversy surrounding his status as the sole finalist to emerge from a secretive presidential search. “President-elect Ben Sasse had a bold vision for higher education, the University of Florida, and our partnership with […]

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More than month after Ian: Southwest FL schools still struggling, adapting after hurricane damage

BY: - November 3, 2022

After Hurricane Ian slammed against the Southwest coast of Florida, several school districts suspected that damage, flooding, power outages and other difficulties might mean students may never get back into their classrooms. That was about five weeks ago. Now, school districts in Lee, Sarasota, DeSoto and Charlotte have slowly begun recovering from the impact of […]

National 4th grade reading scores show FL Black students struggled more than other racial groups

BY: - November 2, 2022

The differences in national 4th grade reading scores, based on certain racial groups in Florida, has widened over the course of the pandemic, with Black students struggling the most, according to federal education data. For example, Florida’s Black 4th graders had an average score of 207 in 2022, falling far below the threshold for proficiency […]

Sen. Sasse, ‘sole finalist’ in UF presidential search, chosen to lead FL’s flagship university

BY: - November 1, 2022

The University of Florida’s Board of Trustees voted Tuesday to approve Nebraska’s U.S. Sen. Ben Sasse as the new president to lead Florida’s flagship institution, despite weeks of outcry, questions about the senator’s political views, and an air of secrecy around the search process that led to his candidacy. The board agreed to provide compensation […]

Affirmative action supporters rally outside the U.S. Supreme Court

BY: - October 31, 2022

WASHINGTON — The onset of rain did not deter students and supporters of affirmative action from protesting Monday morning outside the U.S. Supreme Court while justices considered two cases that could reshape the college admissions process. “It’s not a secret that if you eliminated race conscious policies, it would further diminish the number of students […]

In a rare move, UF Faculty Senate votes “no confidence” in secret president search

BY: - October 28, 2022

The University of Florida’s Faculty Senate voiced its disapproval of the secretive selection process for a new university president, with a vote of “no confidence” on Thursday over the sole finalist — Nebraska’s U.S. Sen. Ben Sasse. The flagship university’s presidential search led to an emergency meeting Thursday, when faculty members agreed on a resolution […]