Board of Governors to debate Bright Futures

The state university system’s Board of Governors this week will debate expanding the Bright Futures scholarship program to cover summer classes.  The proposal, which could cost up to $46.7 million, is a top priority for Gov. Rick Scott, who sees broader use of the merit scholarship program as a way to help students graduate in…

Empowering Students Through Nutrition This School Year

Reading, writing, and arithmetic aren’t the only things our nation’s children will be learning this school year!  Schools have made major strides in helping students learn the importance of healthy eating through balanced meals and nutrition education. Now that kids and teens are boarding their buses for another school year, the entire school community has…

New ESSA Spending Regulations Proposed

After months of criticism from Republican lawmakers, state chiefs, and teachers’ unions on its approach to spending rules for the Every Student Succeeds Act, the U.S. Department of Education last week released a new proposal that appears to give districts and states some additional flexibility when it comes to ensuring federal funds for low-income students…

Florida economists deliver sobering news: Money is tight

Florida economists delivered some sobering news Wednesday to state lawmakers: Money is tight.  Citing rising costs — especially in Medicaid spending where pharmaceutical costs have been climbing — economists forecast a $1.3 billion budget shortfall by 2018, when Gov. Rick Scott will be entering his final year as Florida’s chief executive. Read full article

Down to 4: Finalists listed for superintendent position

The St. Johns County School District is closing in on its superintendent search with four names advancing into the finalist phase. In-person interviews will begin the first week of October.  After some debate during Tuesday’s workshop meeting, board members settled on candidates Tim Forson, Mark Porter, Vicke Cartwright and Elizabeth Alves. Read full article