Thursday, July 18, 2019
At the State Board of Education meeting at the end of last week, Commissioner of Education Pam Stewart presented Florida College System Chancellor Madeline Pumariega with more than $1 million to help first-generation college students and students interested in healthcare. 
U.S. Rep. Betty McCollum was able to get the provision included during the U.S House Appropriations Committee markup of the Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies appropriations bill which passed on a voice vote. Congress is expected to pass the minibus before adjourning. 
While the Coach Aaron Feis Guardian Program was authorized to have $67 million for law enforcement to set up guardian programs with school districts, only $9 million of that had been used.
After writing school districts on the matter in May 2017, the five representatives teamed up this week to double down on their call to teach students “to be vigilant of the growing threat of trafficking in our community.”
The University of Tampa (UT) announced this week that it finished its capital campaign, which began in 2007, with more than 15,000 supporters raising more than $160 million. 
While scammers, hackers, and other shady individuals are polishing new techniques, many online shoppers are still unaware of the basic online privacy rules. According to NordVPN’s Daniel Markuson, there are some simple steps that help avoid online fraud.
On Tuesday, Gov. Rick Scott had the Florida Department of Education offer a proposal to the state Legislature to move $58 million, currently not being used in the voluntary Coach Aaron Feis Guardian Program, and use for school security. 
On social media, some local teachers and principals state Rosario would be disastrous for the school district.
Hendry County has the highest unemployment rate in Florida but the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) hopes to ensure public schools there can offer skills for the workplace. 
Since CFO Patronis took office in July 2017, he has returned $361 million in unclaimed property, breaking the previously held record set in the program’s 57-year history by more than $8 million.