One of the issues the legislature will take up in this year's session is Performance Based Funding for Florida's Universities. And, if implemented, the system could cost the University of West Florida a lot of money.
Florida Governor Rick Scott delivers his annual State of the State address Tuesday, March 4, signaling the start of the 2014 Legislative Session. His speech will start at 10 a.m. Central Time. Again this year, Senate President Don Gaetz and House Speaker Will Weatherford have joined together on a priority agenda. “These are issues that rise above politics and we think they can get done. They must get done. We will get them done,” says Gaetz, a Republican from Niceville.
Ground may be breaking soon on some long awaited commercial development at the University of West Florida.
Dr. Jim Barnett, the Interim CEO of the Business Enterprise Inc, or BEI, at the University of West Florida says the BEI Board of Difrectors approved the project at its February 17 meeting. It goes to the full UWF Board of Trustees for final approval on March 26. Barnett says that if approval is given, ground could be broken two days later. This would be the first phase of development at the University's Highway 90 and Campus Drive entrance.
Students across the state rallied today for more construction money for the state's universities.
Chris Hill is the Student Body President at the University of West Florida.He was one of the leaders of the rally at the UWF Commons Wednesday afternoon. He said the students "Hard Hat Rally" was to call attention to the need for more construction funds to improve university facilities at UWF, and across the state.
The Florida Board of Education Tuesday unanimously approved changes to the Common Core standards. The meeting in Orlando was tense and the public comment portion was dominated by anti-common core activists who wanted the standards rescinded. Teachers around the region and around the country are expressing frustration over Common Core, and for many the standards themselves are the least of their worries. It's the uncertainty of how the standards, and by extension the teachers, will be evaluated.