Betsy DeVos hits hard reset on student loan servicing contracts

The Education Department said Friday that it will select one company to collect student debt payments on its behalf, rather than the nine contractors that currently handle the federal government’s $1.2 trillion …

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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




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Student Loan, No Gun Free Zones, Student Funding

The argument against bringing banks back into federal student lending

Bringing private lenders back into the federal student loan program has been a staple of the Republican platform since the Obama administration kicked banks, credit unions and other financial firms out. The Education Department is now the sole originator of the federal loans. Talk of resurrecting the old bank-based model has reached a fever pitch since the GOP […] Read More 

Taste of Education teaches high school culinary students about real-world lives of chefs

Culinary students from 25 high schools across Miami-Dade County prepared dishes for a table of judges and a few hundred guests to raise money and awareness for their schools’ culinary … Click to Continue »

Move testing to end of school year, lawmakers say

To minimize class disruptions, Florida students should take the state’s standardized tests during the final three weeks of the school year, a trio of state lawmakers said Wednesday.

Their legislation would end Florida’s current testing season, which starts at the end of February, runs for a week,... Continue Reading

Florida per-student funding remains well below average, national report shows

Florida's public education spending per student remained below the national average and under many other southern states, according to a newly released National Center for Education Statistics report based on fiscal 2014.  Continue Reading 

Florida Constitution Revision Commission membership to include state education leaders

The membership of Florida's Constitution Revision Commission continued to shape up Wednesday, as Senate President Joe Negron announced his nine appointments to the panel Continue Reading

No more ‘gun-free zones’ in Florida? Lawmakers float plan to end them

Florida lawmakers propose ending gun-free zones in schools and other locations, the Miami Herald reports.