Low income students could get more aid

TALLAHASSEE | Although state college leaders are unhappy with a Senate budget that would boost university funding but slash support for the colleges, they are pleased with a Senate effort to expand aid for students who come from lower-income families.

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Universities short on mental health counselors

TALLAHASSEE | Eight of the 12 state universities fall below minimum staffing levels for mental health counselors as the need for counseling services grows on campuses, a new report shows.

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State universities seeing more online learning

TALLAHASSEE | One of the benefits of an expansion of online classes in Florida universities is that it gives students more flexibility in balancing their academic loads with extracurricular activities such as jobs, student government or clubs.

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Bonding question hovers over education projects

TALLAHASSEE | If Florida lawmakers don’t agree to borrow money to pay for school construction and maintenance projects, they will come up about $36 million short of what state education officials have requested for a key program next year.

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Senate higher ed changes clear first hurdle

TALLAHASSEE | State colleges on Monday raised concerns about a Senate higher-education package that cleared the Education Committee in a unanimous vote.

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TALLAHASSEE | State universities, colleges and related organizations are spending at least $2 million a year on lobbyists, according to new disclosure records required by the Florida House.

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TALLAHASSEE | Florida state colleges are preparing for a renewed legislative fight this spring over how the 28-college system is governed and the number of bachelor’s degrees they can award.

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Scott proposes freezing fees, bright futures extension

TALLAHASSEE | Seeking to keep higher-education costs low and help more students graduate on time, Gov. Rick Scott on Tuesday will outline an ambitious legislative agenda to cap student fees, eliminate sales taxes on textbook purchases and extend the Bright Futures scholarships to summer classes.

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TALLAHASSEE | When Florida Democratic leaders meet next weekend to pick a new party chair, a dozen counties will not participate in the vote.

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Crashes up at red-light camera intersections

TALLAHASSEE | As Florida lawmakers prepare to renew their debate over red-light cameras, a new report from state highway officials shows an increase in vehicle collisions at intersections with the traffic-control devices.

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Pension forecast too optimistic, say experts

While Florida has a financially healthy state pension fund, a new report from the Department of Management Services warns the $144 billion system is relying on a projected investment return that independent financial consultants say is too optimistic.

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State colleges seek construction dollars

TALLAHASSEE | Florida state colleges during the upcoming legislative session want lawmakers to consider a three-year list of $167 million in construction projects.

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GOP keeps large majority in state House

Florida Democrats made a net gain of two seats in the state House of Representatives on Tuesday, although Republicans kept their firm grip over the 120-member chamber.

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Crist goes to Congress, Mica unseated

Florida voters on Tuesday sent a former governor to Congress and called home a 24-year veteran lawmaker from Washington.

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Panel OKs Mangum departure from FAMU

TALLAHASSEE — Elmira Mangum will no longer lead the country’s largest historically black public university if Florida A&M University... Read more

Governor goes to Washington to appeal for federal Zika funding

With 70 confirmed cases resulting from Florida mosquitoes carrying the Zika virus, Gov. Rick Scott traveled to Washington, D.C., on Tuesday... Read more

Gaetz, 3 others vie for UWF top job

TALLAHASSEE — Former state Senate President Don Gaetz is among four candidates scheduled for on-campus interviews next week as the... Read more

Panel: Bury Dozier remains in capital

MARIANNA — The remains of dozens of boys who were victims of beatings and abuse at the Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys should be reinterred... Read more

Ex-Senate president seeks to lead UWF

TALLAHASSEE — State Sen. Don Gaetz is among more than 70 applicants seeking to become the next president of the University of West... Read more

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