Professors in Florida are feeling the chill from education legislation
Florida university professors are facing unprecedented challenges as a spate of new laws could soon crack down on research, discourse on race and gender identity and create an environment in which employees feel their political beliefs are being scrutinized at the risk of losing tenure. Some professors even suggested that they were considering leaving Florida to teach in other states and said they knew colleagues who had similar thoughts. More from the Miami Herald, Click Orlando and WFSU.
Florida Department of Education releases official report on teacher shortages for the 2022-2023 year
According to data compiled by the Florida Education Association, there were around 8,000 classroom teacher vacancies in the state as of last month. While there are positive signs that some spots are being filled, it’s expected that many students will start the year without a full-time teacher leading the class. It’s a trend happening all across the country being fueled by a long list of factors, including low pay and an ongoing educational culture war. More from WJXT and Action News Jax]
Fact check: Florida teaching certificate law only applies to military veterans, not their spouses
On July 1, a new Florida law took effect that allows military veterans to receive five-year teaching certificates without a bachelor's degree. Soon after this initiative was announced, its details became muddled across social media. The Florida Department of Education website states that in order to be eligible for the Military Veterans Certification Pathway, veterans must meet several criteria. [Source: USA Today]
St. Petersburg College board rejects adjuncts’ bid for more pay
The St. Petersburg College board of trustees voted Tuesday to side with administrators and reject a special magistrate’s decision that favored the adjunct faculty union in a contract dispute. After 2½ years of negotiations that went to impasse over two issues, board members expressed concerns about fiscal prudence, said they didn’t want to favor adjuncts over full-time faculty, and struck the items from the union’s first contract. Adjuncts make up nearly 70% of the college’s faculty. [Source: Tampa Bay Times]
Airlines struggling with shortages want to recruit more diverse pilots. A Florida HBCU could be a solution.
At Florida Memorial University, a small historically Black university in Miami Gardens, Tremaine Johnson is training to become one of the country’s few Black pilots. Less than 2% of commercial airline pilots are Black, according to one report, making Johnson’s decision to become a pilot — rather than an air traffic controller, as he’d originally intended — notable. His choice also comes at a particularly crucial time, as airlines around the country experience a pilot shortage due to cutbacks during the pandemic. [Source: NBC News]
ALSO AROUND FLORIDA:
› Tampa school challenges ruling on pre-game prayer [News Service of Florida]
A Tampa Christian school has asked a federal appeals court to find that the Florida High School Athletic Association unconstitutionally prevented a prayer over a stadium loudspeaker before a 2015 high-school football championship game.
› The legal ABCs of back to school: What is a special education attorney? [Florida Today]
All parents want to see their child succeed in school, even more so when their child has special needs. While most children may not need a attorney to ensure that they are receiving a quality education, parents of a special needs child may want to consider doing so. An attorney who specializes in special education law or special needs law can give parents peace of mind by making sure a school is doing everything it should be to give a child with special needs the best education possible.
› Ringling College ranks among top 25 film schools in the nation [Sarasota Herald-Tribune]
The film program at Ringling College of Art and Design in Sarasota is once again among the top 25 in the nation, according to a new ranking by the Hollywood Reporter. The Ringling program was ranked No. 21, the same place it held in 2021 and 2020, but down from its No. 16 ranking in 2019 and 2016.
› UF announces faculty expansion as it prepares for new nursing students [Florida Politics]
The University of Florida announced it will recruit about 20 new faculty members as it prepares to train and educate baccalaureate-prepared nurses, nurse practitioners and nurse scientists in the coming year to help abate a looming nursing shortage in the state. The UF College of Nursing estimates enrollment in its B.S.N program at UF Health Jacksonville will increase by 50% over current enrollment in 2023, and will double by 2025.