USF’s new president receives a big salary approved by the Florida university system

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The big story: It’s $1.1 million.

That’s how much the new president of the University of South Florida could receive each year, according to the contract the Board of Governors approved on Wednesday. Some come in the form of base salary, some deferred and some via performance bonuses.

Rhea Law, the school’s eighth president, will also receive a monthly car allowance as well as the use of a house on campus. Most of the salary will come from the college foundation, as state law caps the amount of taxpayer money toward a college president’s salary at $200,000 per year.

In total, Law, a lawyer with no previous experience in higher education administration, will be among the 12 highest paid college presidents in the country. Learn more here.

The University of Florida continues its search for a president. The directors have appointed a selection committee, Main Street Daily News reports.

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Members of the Board of Governors had some choice words for their accrediting agency. They said tensions had been building for more than a year, the News Service of Florida reports.

University of Florida students and faculty held a seminar on academic freedom. They complained for months that the school administration had infringed on their freedoms, reports WUFT.

Excerpt from the court file… A UF professor has sued the school for claiming he was blocked from discussing COVID with his students, the Gainesville Sun reports.

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Elliot Long protests legislation regarding gender classes in schools outside the Pasco County Classical Preparatory Academy as Governor Ron DeSantis signs the bill inside the school on March 28 2022. Long, a transgender parent, said he considered removing his child from Classical Prep because he welcomed the bill signing. [ Courtesy of Elliot Long ]

Lessons on gender: Two parents whose children attend the school where Governor Ron DeSantis signed HB 1557 on gender lessons into law say their school should never have hosted the event. Now they are talking about leaving. • Does the bill apply to charter schools? It depends who you ask Florida Phoenix reports. For more on this, check out today’s Gradebook newsletter, which you can subscribe to here. • A Miami gay mother running for the state legislature has asked which parents the state grants rights to, ABC reports. • US Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona will visit Orlando students and families to discuss the measure and mark Transgender Visibility Day.

Running lessons: Amid community battles over classroom instruction, a Brevard County Community Cultural Center will host a critical race theory fact and fiction presentation, Florida today reports. • These hotly debated topics in Florida and Indiana were the subject of NPR’s daily political blog on Wednesday.

State Board of Education Policy: Two newly appointed members of the State Board of Education signaled their conservative priorities at their first meeting, Florida Phoenix reports.

Teacher compensation: North Florida school district officials say their share of state funding will help improve salaries for veteran educators, WJXT reports.

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Choice of school: The Leon County School District faces a financial shortfall as more families take advantage of state scholarship and voucher programs that take money out of districts, WFSU reports.

School News

The Orange County School Board is considering getting rid of its mask policy altogether. Some board members said the rule was outdated, WMFE reports.

The Martin County School District will use federal coronavirus relief funds to subsidize health insurance cost increases. Employees could save up to $120 per month, reports WPTV.

A Bay County charter school is facing complaints that it is not respecting its community’s history. The school principal said they were trying to build a relationship, the Panama City News Herald reports.

The Escambia County Superintendent says minority students are not achieving the levels he would like to see. He develops strategies to deal with the situation, Pensacola News-Journal reports.

Police blotter… A private school teacher in Hillsborough County has been arrested on allegations of possession of child pornography. • An Orange County cheerleading teacher and coach has been arrested for molesting children, reports WKMG.

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