DeSantis sought to rewrite the laws governing Florida’s college system


The big story: In 2002, Florida voters established the state’s current model for overseeing its public universities.

The arrangement, promoted by former governor and senator Bob Graham, involves a global board of governors that makes system-wide decisions after receiving input from local boards of directors. The legislature maintains certain financial controls.

Graham pushed the idea after Jeb Bush reorganized the structure to remove the single board of trustees and establish boards of trustees on each campus. Here’s a bit of history on the changes, which won the approval of 60% of voters.

We mention all of this as a prelude to a new report by investigative journalist Jason Garcia on his “Seeking Rents” website. In it, he details how Governor Ron DeSantis attempted this year to rewrite the laws governing public higher education in the state:

“The Governor’s proposal would have centralized more power in the boards led by Governor appointees, made colleges and universities more dependent on money controlled by Tallahassee politicians, and imposed more restrictions on what schools can teach.”

Learn more here.

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Dunedin Highland Middle School is one of seven schools in Pinellas County to have a new principal for the fall. [ DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times ]

School management: Seven schools in Pinellas County have new principals for the upcoming year. Officials said it was the first time they had filled all leadership positions in the schools.

Student rights: Student journalists at a Seminole County high school are fighting to protect First Amendment rights after a battle over their school yearbook photos, WUFT reports.

Safety and Security: The Duval County School District is hiring a New York-based firm to review the district’s safety efforts and recommend improvements, the Florida Times-Union reports.

Race Relations: Students at a Seminole County high school have formed a black student union to help unify students of color on campus, WESH reports. It is the second Seminole school to have the club.

Arms and Schools: A Miami-Dade County charter school student has been suspended after a video surfaced on social media showing him brandishing a BB gun and a teacher’s name, WSVN reports. The student said it was meant to be a joke. • A charter school in Madison County is raffling off guns and other weapons as a fundraiser. The giveaway took a short break after the shooting massacre at a Texas elementary school, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.

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A Miami-Dade County senior graduate wanted to see if she could be accepted into all eight Ivy League schools. She did, and then she chose Harvard, reports the Miami Herald.

An eighth grader from Seminole County could win the national spelling bee. Ekansh Ratogi reached the final on the word “kaiserin”, reports Orlando Sentinel.

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A Broward County philanthropist wanted to give some kids “a chance to live the same kind of American dream” he did. It joined with Florida Prepaid to provide two-year college scholarships to 87 students at a local school, WPLG reports.

St. Lucie County Superintendent Wayne Gent spent his last day in office. He said he hopes to leave behind a culture of positive relationships and climate, WPTV reports.

Citrus County School Board member Thomas Kennedy will be sworn in as the new president of the Florida School Boards Association. He is the first person from Citrus to hold this position, reports the Citrus County Chronicle.

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Before you leave … There’s a new Netflix movie coming with Kevin Hart and Woody Harrelson. How bad could that be, right? What’s odd is that the promo came up during a YouTube search for schools in Pasco County. I still don’t know why.

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