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DeSantis’ move to pull Sagemont scholarships: Concern about Communist China ties or a political stunt?

Florida’s move to cut off a high-end private school in Weston from state subsidies to parents has raised political and policy questions: Were the schools really an “imminent threat to the health, safety, and welfare” of the students and the public? Or was the state’s move a political stunt to bolster Gov. Ron DeSantis’ struggling presidential campaign? At least 229 students were receiving taxpayer-funded scholarships at the two Sagemont Preparatory School campuses in Weston that were targeted late Friday by DeSantis for alleged ties to the Chinese Communist Party. His office on Monday referred...

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NSU president to step down in 2025. His successor is already set.

After more than a decade of serving as Nova Southeastern University’s president and CEO, Dr. George Hanbury will step down in January 2025, when Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Dr. Harry Moon will take over. NSU’s Board of Trustees finalized and approved the succession plan at its Thursday meeting. Board members unanimously voted for Moon to become the seventh president and CEO, and the change will take effect Jan. 1, 2025, the university said in a news release. Before Hanbury became president in 2010 and CEO in 2011, he served as the university’s executive vice president...

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Florida’s African-American history standards blasted at South Florida town hall

Hundreds arrived a historic Black church looking for answers about Florida’s controversial African-American history standards and left ready to fight against what they see as increasing racism in the state. The one person they hoped to get answers from at Thursday night education town hall — Florida Education Commissioner Manny Diaz — declined to appear after initially agreeing to attend. So those attending spent much of the evening discussing how to fight against the DeSantis movement and the growing conservative activism marked by groups like Moms for Liberty, who have fought to get books...

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Broward School Board approves LGBTQ resolutions after heated debate

An effort by the Broward School Board to honor its diverse communities over the next year turned into more of a feud than a celebration Tuesday. In past years, resolutions recognizing certain events or groups have passed with little notice. But this year, resolutions to support the LGBTQ community and the instruction of African American history fueled the same angry culture war debates that have become increasingly common statewide. By the time the 3½-hour discussion was over, the left-leaning majority on the School Board prevailed in passing 98 resolutions, including three in support of the...

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State University System suspends FAU’s presidential search, citing alleged ‘anomalies’ in process

Just days before the three finalists for Florida Atlantic University’s next president were set to speak at public forums, the search has been stopped in its tracks. State University System of Florida Chancellor Ray Rodrigues sent a letter to Brad Levine, chairman of both the FAU Board of Trustees and the Presidential Search Committee, citing “anomalies that have been alleged in the Florida Atlantic University presidential search.” The letter, dated Friday, was posted on social media Friday evening. The letter said Rodrigues’ office “received concerning information,” including that search committee...

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Broward schools will finally decide on a new superintendent. What to expect.

One of three educators could be hired Thursday as the next superintendent of Broward schools, a move many hope will bring much-needed stability to the turmoil-plagued district. The Broward School Board will conduct its last interviews at 9 a.m. Thursday for the three finalists vying to be superintendent. They are: Peter Licata, deputy superintendent for Palm Beach County Schools. Sito Narcisse, superintendent of East Baton Rouge Schools in Louisiana. Luis Solano, deputy superintendent for Detroit schools. The School Board is scheduled to pick one by Thursday afternoon. The candidates endured...

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