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UCF Police Chief Richard Beary will be inducted into the Florida Law Enforcement Officers’ Hall of Fame on Saturday, the university said Wednesday. Beary has led the University of Central Florida’s police force since 2007. The Legislature created the hall of fame in 2014 to honor law enforcement.

UCF President John Hitt, who recently celebrated his 25th anniversary on the job, will lead the school for another year. Trustees approved a one-year contract extension for Hitt, 76, during Thursday’s meeting. “We appreciate your service very, very much,” trustee chair Marcos Marchena told Hitt.

When UCF administrator Allison Jefferson first bought her electric car three years ago, it was easy to find a space at a charging station on campus. But lately, the spaces at UCF fill up fast. It’s a good problem, Jefferson says, as more people buy environmentally friendly vehicles. To contend.

Administrators at Montverde Academy told a 16-year-old student she needed to change her natural hairstyle because it violated the prestigious private school’s dress code, according to Fox 35 Orlando. “People say they love my hair because it’s so diverse, curly and Afro-centric,” Nicole Orr, a junior.

Taylor Swift fan Ashley Silvers figured, why not invite her favorite singer to her UCF graduation party? “I was hopeful, but I wasn t expecting anything,” said Silvers who mailed and emailed an invite to Swift last month, thanking her for being a positive influence in her life. She never heard.

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Even as they touted the district’s success on Advanced Placement tests, Orange County school leaders said during the annual State of Schools event Wednesday they feared cuts in state funding and changes to laws that could hurt local students. Orange leaders, along with public education advocates.

UPDATE: The associations that represents Florida school superintendents and many school board members both sent letters Tuesday requesting Gov. Rick Scott veto a key education bill and the school-spending parts of the proposed state budget. The Florida Association of District School Superintendents.

The Florida House took to YouTube on Saturday to defend and explain the massive education bill lawmakers approved five days earlier, using an animated video to respond to “rumors and gossip” about the legislation. The bill (HB 7069) is deeply controversial, with the Senate barely passing it on.

Mary Rock thought a certain group of second-graders was so “exceptional,” she decided to go to third grade with them, the only time she’d move up with her students during her 33-year career. A decade has passed, and that group of students will graduate from high school this month. Thirteen returned.

Experienced teachers can earn extra pay totaling $70,000 over the next three years as part of a district effort to lure them to struggling Carver Middle School. The district already has received more than 100 applications from teachers who want to work at F-rated Carver next year — an “unheard-of”.

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The design for University of Central Florida’s proposed downtown campus, to be called Dr. Phillips Academic Commons, won approval from a key city board Tuesday. The nod from the city comes about a month before the May 11 groundbreaking for the campus. It will anchor the Creative Village project.

Orlando city commissioners handed over public land valued at $14.6 million to the University of Central Florida on Monday, part of a larger pledge that city leaders made a year ago to help launch the school’s downtown campus. The City Council voted unanimously to give the 10.9 acres to UCF. It’s.

TALLAHASSEE — New rankings released by U.S. News and World Report say Florida is the number one state in the nation for higher education. The Sunshine State got the top ranking because of several factors, including the state s relatively low tuition rates for colleges and universities. Florida.

For some, it’s the scent of tequila or the sound of an iPhone ringing. Hearts race, breathing sharpens, palms sweat and suddenly, they’re back at the scene of the most traumatic event most are lucky enough never to have to see. Some Pulse nightclub terror attack first responders say post-traumatic.

A University of Central Florida student who was expelled after being charged with breaking into another student s dorm and groping her filed a lawsuit last week against the university. The former student, Matiace Noel, 23, was expelled in October over the 2012 crimes. He pleaded no contest and.

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Four West Orange High School students needed medical attention Friday after eating gummy bears laced with an “illegal substance,” according to Orange County Public Schools. The students reportedly ate the gummy bears Friday morning, and “some” of them had to be taken to an area hospital for treatment.

Upset by legislation and a spending plan they view as damaging to public education, several advocacy groups are urging Gov. Rick Scott to veto one or both when they hit his desk. The Florida PTA joined in today, asking Scott to veto the massive, multi-pronged education bill the Legislature passed.

Porcha Jones is a cheerleader, a track athlete and a strong student with dreams of becoming a medical doctor. But when Porcha, a 17-year-old Jones High junior, thought of college, she worried about leaving her home. She didn’t want to abandon her single mother who takes care of Porcha and her six.

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos faced students booing and turning their backs on her during a commencement address at Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach. At one point, B-CU President Edison Jackson, who has defended his invitation to DeVos to speak to graduates at the historically black.

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LEESBURG — Tammy Jerkins had just finished a math lesson Tuesday at Leesburg High School when Florida Education Commissioner Pam Stewart greeted her with a giant $5,000 check. Jerkins, who in February was named Lake County Teacher of the Year, was honored as one of five 2018 Florida Teacher of.

Orlando attorney Marcos Marchena could remain as the chairman of the UCF trustees for the next two years, the board voted Tuesday. With no discussion, trustees unanimously decided to extend the terms of Marchena and vice chair Robert Garvy, who have led since 2015. The vote occurred at a committee.

Diana Antunez’s score on the preliminary SAT exam wasn’t, in her view, anything great. So she decided to practice, figuring it would improve her reading and math skills just as ROTC practice after school improved her military ones. The Oak Ridge High School senior used the free Khan Academy practice.

The Orlando Science Center is developing a program to educate critically ill children using mobile-exhibit carts in hospitals. The museum, using a $1.2 million grant from NASA, will partner with planetary science experts and researchers from UCF to create STEM-driven activities. “Children with.

Florida universities and colleges will be forbidden from spending taxpayer dollars on foundation salaries under new rules being phased in by lawmakers. Starting July 1, 2022, the school foundations will be prohibited from using public funds on those positions. Universities are currently spending.

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