Thursday, January 23, 2020
This week, U.S. Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., sent a letter to Florida university presidents requesting information on the steps they have taken to safeguard technology and intellectual property from the influence of foreign adversaries, including communist China.
A Mandatory Moment of Silence Bill introduced in Tallahassee, the NRA challenges Florida law on the age limit to buy guns, and seniors and millennials are adding to Florida’s growth in registered voters.
FAMU President Dr. Larry Robinson tapped Dr. Alan Robertson to serve as the university’s CFO. Before this, Robertson served as the senior vice president and CFO of Morehouse College. He is scheduled to begin his new role at the start of next month.
On Wednesday, Gov. Ron DeSantis and state Department of Education (DOE) Commissioner Richard Corcoran revealed which school districts, universities, colleges and private institutions have been awarded the Florida Pathways to Career Opportunities Grant.
While mostly supportive of the governor’s proposed budget, state House Speaker Jose Oliva, R-Miami Lakes, continued to offer some resistance to DeSantis’ call to raise teacher salaries to at least $47,500 a year. 
On Monday, Gov. Ron DeSantis offered his “Bolder, Brighter, Better Future” budget proposal. DeSantis proposed a $91.4 billion budget, up slightly from last year’s $90.9 billion budget.
Last week, U.S. Rep. Greg Steube, R-Fla., unveiled the “Modern GI Bill Act” which “allows veterans who are entitled to Post-9/11 educational assistance through the GI Bill to use eligible funds to repay federal student loans.”
On Thursday, Gov. Ron DeSantis called for reforming the bonus program for teachers and principals across the Sunshine State.
Bilirakis, who was the vice-chairman of the U.S. House Veterans Affairs Committee when the GOP controlled the chamber and is still on it, introduced the proposal back in July to help students on the GI Bill who are impacted when colleges and universities close unexpectedly. In recent years, several high profile proprietary schools, including ITT Tech, shut their doors with little warning.
On Tuesday, CareerSource Florida and the Florida Department of Education announced a new apprenticeship program in information technology at Tallahassee-based Inspired Technologies.