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Senator Garcia and Representative Duran File Bill to Expand College Tuition Fee Exemption Eligibility for Students in Out-of-Home Care

Miami, FL –   (R-Miami) and Representative Nicholas X. Duran (D-Miami) filed legislation, Senate Bill 304 and House Bill 203, Student Fee Exemptions, which clarify and expand qualifications for the existing postsecondary tuition and fee exemption for students who are raised in out-of-home care. “This legislation corrects a missing piece of the tuition waiver that was brought to President Simpson’s attention by a…

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Representative Kristen Arrington and Senator Randolph Bracy Introduce Legislation to Improve Guidance Services

KISSIMMEE, Fla. – Yesterday, Representative Kristen Arrington (D- Kissimmee) introduced HB 229, an Act to require guidance counselors to advise public middle and high school students of all educational opportunities available to them to gain skills that are in demand in the labor market and how to prepare to obtain post-secondary degrees in technical fields. The legislation in the…

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Statement from Florida Democratic Party Chair Manny Diaz as Some Teachers’ DeSantis-Signed Checks Bounce

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Source: Florida Democratic Party // Friday, the Florida Department of Education confirmed that at least fifty physical bonus checks issued to Florida educators drawing on funds from the Biden Administration’s American Rescue Plan were “impacted” by a banking error that caused some teacher’s checks to be returned for insufficient funds.   In…

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Governor Ron DeSantis Announces $44 Million to Support Florida’s Most Vulnerable Students and Schools

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (FNN) – Source: Governor’s Office // Today, Governor Ron DeSantis announced that the Florida Department of Education awarded $44 million in federal Unified School Improvement Grant (UniSIG) funds to support 149 struggling schools in 29 districts.   “It can be hard for struggling schools to recruit and retain top talent, and today…

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Orange County Head Start Accepting Applications for the 2021-22 School Year

ORLANDO, Fla. (FNN) – Source: Orange County Government // Orange County Head Start is recruiting for its 2021-22 school year and seeking to fill classrooms before school begins on August 10, 2021. The Head Start program is a free early education program that offers daily well-balanced meals, individual instruction and services to enhance intellectual, emotional…

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Florida to Award $3,000 Bonus to Teachers Who Complete New Civics Education Training

ORLANDO, Fla. (FNN) – Florida Governor Ron DeSantis announced the creation of the Florida Seal of Excellence, a new professional credential for educators in civics education, during a press conference at BridgePrep Academy of Orange in Orlando, Florida. The credential is part of an additional $106 million the state will award for civics education, $65…

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