Monday, February 18, 2019
Corcoran noted that almost 56 percent of high school graduates in Florida took the AP exam and 31.7 percent of high school graduates earned a 3 score or higher on one of the exams. That was enough to move Florida from fourth place in 2017 to third last year and is above the national average of 23.5 percent. 
On Monday, the Urban Institute released a study which shows “better outcomes for students in Florida who attend private K-12 schools thanks to the state’s school choice program.”
Most of those funds--$2,574,300-- will be going to the University of Florida’s STRIDE Center – of which Florida International University (FIU) is a consortium member.
DeSantis is looking to spend more on the environment and education. 
Gov. Ron DeSantis issued an executive order on Thursday “outlining a path for Florida to improve its education system by eliminating Common Core and paving the way for Florida students to receive a world-class education to prepare them for jobs of the future. 
Outside another strong football season, UCF has been in the headlines for all the wrong reasons. Four people were fired, the school’s CFO resigned and top executives had their bonuses stripped after UCF was caught using money earmarked for operations to complete Colburn Hall, a new building that will house several academic programs for the College of Arts and Humanities. 
Hastings and Woodall unveiled the “Civics Learning Act" which “increases funding for innovative and evidence-based civics education programs serving K-12 students and teachers, as well as empowering local schools to develop a curriculum tailored to their needs.”
Donalds’ office announced that he “has filed legislation to allow apprenticeship training providers to request money directly from the state via a grant program” this week. 
Wilson said she would use her new perch to focus on labor issues. 
“Determined to put the focus on educating students over enriching for-profit companies capitalizing on Florida’s public school system, state Senator Janet Cruz has filed SB 584 and SB 586...in an effort improve the safety standards of Florida’s schools and ban for-profit management of Florida’s charter schools,” her office noted.