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Florida student aid requests plunge. How many will delay or skip college?

| 4/11/2024

Florida student aid requests plunge. How many will delay or skip college?

Students and families were promised last year that the federal application for college financial aid was about to get easier. The number of questions they had to answer dropped from 100 to 36. But after a three-month delay in making the form available and a series of crippling mistakes, completions are way down, according to federal data. [Source: Tampa Bay Times]

Florida pronoun law violates teacher's First Amendment rights, judge says

A federal judge on Tuesday blocked Florida education officials from enforcing a law requiring a transgender teacher to use pronouns that align with her sex assigned at birth, saying the law violated her First Amendment rights. The 2023 law restricts educators’ use of personal pronouns and titles in schools. Violations of the law — one of a number of measures backed by the Republican-controlled Legislature and Gov. Ron DeSantis targeting the LGBTQ community over the past few years — can result in teachers being stripped of certifications and hefty financial penalties for school districts. [Source: News Service of Florida]

Column: Families can avoid college debt with lowest plan prices in a decade

This year, families can start saving for college at prices that are at the lowest levels seen in a decade. Prepaid plan prices for the 2024 open enrollment window (Feb. 1 through April 30) start at just $34 a month. This represents up to a 25% cost reduction for monthly payment options — at a time when families are still seeing many other costs go up due to inflation. [Source: Florida Times-Union]

Florida files suit to block student debt forgiveness plan

Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody and Republican attorneys general from four other states filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday seeking to block a Biden administration program that would provide breaks on student-loan debt. The lawsuit, filed in Missouri, targets a program, known as the Saving on a Valuable Education, or SAVE, plan. More from the News Service of Florida and the Center Square.

Florida schools turn to truancy court in battle against absenteeism

Student absenteeism soared in schools across Florida and across the nation during the pandemic, and has not improved much since. The trend has educators seeking ways to bring students back. The methods range from encouragement to compulsion. Some communities have turned to the legal system to deal with the most hard-to-reach families. More from the Tampa Bay Times and WUSF.

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