Increases in college tuition rates combined with reductions to federal and state level financial aid are making it harder for young Floridians to attend college without forcing many to accumulate increased student debt.
As states across the country move toward a systemic revamping of their educational assessment programs, it is a good time to evaluate how states use learning assessments and whether they can be better transformed as teaching/learning tools.
The debate in Washington about whether to raise student loan interest rates from 3.4 percent to 6.8 percent is nothing more than a debate on whether to place an unjustified tax on students and families.
Presidents Day has passed again with not much more recognition than special sales at the malls of America. What an extra 20 percent off the latest fashions has to do with how important our history is to our present condition and how critical the form and structure of our government is to the well-being of all of us, I’ll never know.
As in our nation’s capital, there has been much talk about the value of higher education degrees here in Florida. In order to attract and grow business, there must be a well-trained work force and an ever-emerging intelligent populace.
Recent headlines in Florida claim our state is searching for a “rock star” to fill the role of commissioner of education. That headline does little to stimulate interest and in fact is likely to do more harm than good.
This week in Florida we witnessed the inauguration of our 45th governor, Rick Scott, a candidate unlike any who came before him in his approach to both the election and to governing. With his election also comes a belief that he will usher in a new era of leadership in the Sunshine State.
As we look toward January when our state’s newly elected governor and all-new Cabinet members take office, we have high hopes that these leaders will help move Florida out of the current economic conditions.
One of the few really fun things to do when observing the American political game of elections is to speculate on a host of “what-ifs.” The Florida 2010 election offers more possibilities for this game than most elections do. The root cause of so many variant options to what might have been start at the feet of Florida Gov. Charlie Crist.