Education Headlines

BUDGET CUTS: Florida House Speaker Richard Corcoran says higher education spending will be cut. He tells a Pensacola crowd that K-12 spending should be protected, though, the Pensacola News-Journal reports.

IN THE CONSTITUTION: School choice could be a highlight of the Florida Constitution Revision Commission agenda, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

SUPERINTENDENTS:  Few candidates with superintendent experience apply for the post in Flagler County schools, Flagler Live reports.

BRIGHT FUTURES: Fewer low-income and minority students in Miami-Dade County receive the college scholarships under tougher criteria, the Miami Herald reports.

ACCELERATED LEARNING: Several Volusia County schools will add the Cambridge program to their curriculum, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.

STUDENT LOANS: Trump administration rolls back protections for people in default on student loans. Days after a report on federal student loans revealed a double-digit rise in defaults, President Trump’s administration revoked federal guidance Thursday that barred student debt collectors from charging high fees on past-due loans. The Education Department is ordering guarantee agencies that collect on defaulted debt to disregard a memo former President Barack Obama’s administration issued on the old….Click To Continue




The Education Department Faces Dramatic Cuts under Trump Administration

The Trump administration is contemplating dramatic cuts to K-12 spending, including a possible $6 billion reduction to existing programs in the U.S. Department of Education, according to multiple education policy sources who have gleaned details about budget documents still being finalized. The department currently has a budget of about $70 billion. 

The possible cuts would be included in the Trump administration’s initial spending plan for fiscal year 2018, which begins Oct. 1 and generally impacts the 2018-19 school year. Such cuts in a budget proposal expected this week could mean a staffing reduction at the department in the range of 25 to 30 percent, sources said, although it’s not clear how the cuts would be applied. The department currently has about 4,000 employees….Click to continue

Testing reviewed in Tallahassee

Tests: Finally, our lawmakers are paying attention to high-stakes testing. “….particularly after a state education official told legislators that Florida does more testing that is required by federal law.”- the Sun-Sentinel reports

Tallahassee: Senate panel Wednesday backed a bill that would expand Bright Futures scholarships, impose stricter graduation standards and increase financial aid for first-generation students.- Read more

Public School Funding: Florida House PreK-12 Appropriations Subcommittee members on Thursday offered their ideas for cutting public education funding if revenue declines as projected.- the Tampa Bay reports

DeVos promise: DeVos promised time and again to shrink Uncle Sam’s impact on the nation’s schools—to devolve decisions back to states, communities, educators and parents. – the Education Next reports