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    • THE WORLD'S TOP 10 MOST INNOVATIVE COMPANIES IN EDUCATION…..very interesting article : http://www.fastcompany.com/most-innovative-companies/2013/industry/education 
    •  Most States Not Ready for Common Core Standards  (July 10 2013)
      http://www.usnews.com/news/articles/2013/07/10/most-states-not-ready-for-common-core-standards 
    • Incoming College Board Head Wants SAT to Reflect Common Core 
      One of the chief architects of the Common Core State Standards was named the next president of the College Board today and said one of his top priorities is to reshape the organization’s influential college-admissions test, the SAT, to better reflect the new standards.
      (Education  Week, May 2012)

    • College is going to cost you more: Florida state approved 15 percent tuition increase for fall. Students fees are going up as well, bringing the required costs of college to an average of $5,440 per year for a full-time student taking 15 hours a semester. (SunSentinel, June 24 2011)
    • Students graduating high school in 2014 will need higher scores on college entrance exams to earn a Florida Medallion Scholarship. Florida’s lawmakers approved to cut the merit-based scholarships by 20% and also made it harder for students to qualify (SunSentinel, June 5 2011)
    • 2,2026 Broward seniors failed the FCAT in their final try this year. There is some hope: they can show they passed the ACT or SAT college-entrance exams. ( Miami Herald, May 13 2011)
    • In Florida, teacher pay now tied to performance:
      Florida Gov. Rick Scott has signed a teacher merit-pay bill that will overhaul how teachers across the state will be evaluated and paid. The law creates an evaluation system that relies heavily on student test score data to judge teacher quality. For new teachers, it also creates a performance-based pay system and ends tenure-like job protections.
      ( Huffpost Education, April 10, 2011)
    • Florida lawmakers, Jeb Bush foundation push for private online education. More students could learn from a laptop in their bedroom rather than a whiteboard in a brick-and-mortar classroom under a pair of proposals in the Florida Legislature that would dramatically expand virtual school.
      The most immediate change: Starting next year, students entering high school would have to take at least one online course to graduate. ( Miami Herald, April 7, 2011)
    • The Miami-Dade and Broward school districts have been named finalists for the Broad Prize for Urban Education, the most prestigious award bestowed upon public school systems.The Broad Prize honors large school districts that have demonstrated the greatest gains in student achievement. It also seeks to recognize districts that have worked to close the achievement gap among poor and minority students. ( Miami Herald, April 5, 2011)
    • Next Generation Learning Challenges, a program that plans to disburse $20 million from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to educational technology projects over the next two years, on Monday released the 50 higher-ed finalists for its first round of grants. The projects were chosen as finalists based on their potential impact on college access and completion through the development and use of open courseware, blended learning, "deeper" learning, and learning analytics. About 60 percent of the finalists are expected to receive grants. (Higher Education, Feb 15, 2011)
    • The Education Department budget for 2012 would eliminate the TEACH Grant program, a several-year-old program aimed at encouraging teachers to work in high-need fields, and replace it with a new competition for states. The $185 million competitive program would let states give $10,000 scholarship to would-be teachers who attend the "most effective" teacher education programs              .(Higher Education, Feb , 2011)
    • For profit colleges received $4 billion in Federal Pell Grants and $20 billion in federal loans in 2009. While the for-profit sector accounts for 12 percent of students in higher education, its students make up 43% of student loan defaults, federal data show.  (Sun Sentinel, Oct 2010)
    • Recently released U.S. Department of Education data show 44% of students in default on their Federal loans after three years has attended for-profit colleges: almost double the number at public universities (Sun Sentinel, March 2010)
    • Eligibility standards for bright Futures Scholarships will get tighter starting with current high school sophomores. SAT score thresholds will increase over several years. Recipients will have five years, instead of seven to finish their studies. (Sun Sentinel, May 2010)
    • Florida budget for the year 2010-2011 includes an 8% tuition increase at all state universities and community colleges. In addition, universities can choose to add a 7 percent "tuitional differential”  increase. Even after the changes, supporters note Florida tuition is below the national average. The Legislature also authorized universities to raise their fees- such as student activity, athletic and health, by 15% next year. (Sun Sentinel, May 2010)
    •  You can apply to several colleges and universities by completing one application. For more information visit: www.commonapp.org
    • After Jan. 22, current students who are filling out  the Free Application for Federal Student Aid ( FAFSA)  for the 2010 spring semester will be able to import tax information from the Internal Revenue Service when applying online.
    • According to the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators survey, 55% of colleges surveyed said they increased aid for the 2009-2010 academic year. Meanwhile, federal aid is increasing. The maximum Pell Grant was increased to $5,350 from $4,731 last year, and will grow to $5,550 for the 2010-2011 academic year. (The Wall Street Journal, Dec 27 /2009)
    •  8 of 11 state universities and community colleges hit record fall enrollment in 2009. The surging enrollment means tougher admissions standards, bigger class sizes, greater difficulty for students to get into popular or required courses and, in some cases, not enough advisers, dorm space or parking space .        ( Sun Sentinel, Sept 25 -2009)
    • 7 lucrative jobs from Obama’s stimulus plan: two of the bills the president recently signed: The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) and the Making Home Affordable program, provide funding that will create a wide variety of job opportunities with good salaries. Some of the best-paying stimulus jobs are: IT professionals, accountants and auditors, Civil Engineers, Green-collar jobs (Environmental engineers, urban planners, conservation scientists, and energy consultants), Infrastructure-related works. (hotjobs.yahoo.com , June 2009)

     

     

    • “Boots to Books”: A new Federal GI Bill, to take effect in August, will pay college (full tuition and fees for a public university or community college) and living expenses for those who have served in the military since Set. 11, 2001, including military reservists and National Guard members. Many private schools, including Nova Southeastern University in Davie and Northwood University in West Palm Beach, plan to participate in a "Yellow Ribbon   Program" in which they help defray some or all extra costs with the Department of Veterans Affairs. ( Sun Sentinel, June 2009)
    • Big College Loans? Starting July 1 there is a new repayment option on federal student loans: according to The Project on Student Debt,the new income -based repayment option  pegs what you must pay to income and family size and cuts debts for those in the lower-income brackets. All federal loans made to students are eligible for this program (graduate or undergraduate study).      ( Sun Sentinel, June 2009)
    • College for the Unemployed: The Education Secretary Arne Duncan sent a letter to college financial aid officers on May 8 saying they could expand their use of “professional judgment” to expand assistance to unemployed workers. Professional judgment allows college officials, when appropriate, to adjust data they receive from the families of dependent students to account for special circumstances or changes in their situations. The new letter informs college aid officers that if an unemployed worker applies for student financial assistance, the institution- using the Labor Department-inspired letter the worker received from his or her state- can alter the applicant’s aid application to exclude the unemployed benefits and income from prior employment. ( www.insidehighered.com)
    • The Florida House sent the governor a bill on April 30 that would allow all 11 of Florida’s State universities to enact student tuition increases of as much as 15 percent next year. Ken Jessell, FAU’s vice president of finance, said most students with Florida Prepaid contracts and those who started before July 1, 2007, are exempt from paying the higher tuition. (Sun Sentinel, April 2009)
    • Nova Southeastern University had offered 30 full scholarships to Florida Academic Scholars under the Bright Futures program. These students must had a 3.5 grade point average, a 1270 SAT or 28 ACT and at least 75 hours of community service.(April 2009)
    • A surge in enrollment coupled with state budget cuts threatens to put the open-door policies of Florida’s Community Colleges in jeopardy, school officials warn. (Sun Sentinel, March 2009)
    • Last year, the Legislature gave Universities permission to impose a Technology fee in fall 2009 up to 5% of tuition. Another law passed last year allows five universities to charge “differential tuition”, a rate higher than the state-set tuition. Bright Futures won’t pay the differential tuition or the technology fee. (Sun Sentinel, March 2009)
    • President Barack Obama set a national goal of having the highest proportion of colleges graduates in the world by 2020.He proposed to spend $2.5 billion on programs to help students graduate. ( Sun Sentinel, March 2009)
    • Most Universities are capping freshman enrollment: you must apply to more schools to improve your chances  of getting into at least one.Florida Gulf Coast University has seen a 22% increment in freshman applications over last year; FIU is up 15% and University of Central Florida 15%. (Sun Sentinel, March 9, 2009)