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Florida successful in heading off campus shootings

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With recent shootings on college campuses in Oregon and Arizona, Tallahassee Community College president Jim Murdaugh has received plenty of questions from staff and students about Florida’s plans to deal with such incidents. The main thing he has stressed to them is that everything has been well planned. “I would say Florida has been progressive in these areas,” Murdaugh said. “We have had a heightened sense of awareness the past couple weeks but we have always been prevention-oriented.” Florida has…

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Rick Scott signs bill to boost education for veterans into law

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Gov. Rick Scott–as part of an avalanche of bills he granted final approval to go onto the books today–signed into law SB 7028 on Thursday afternoon. The bill, carried by the Military and Veterans Affairs, Space, and Domestic Security Committee and its chairman Republican Sen. Thad Altman in the Senate and Broward Democratic Rep. Richard Stark in the House, is designed to increase educational access to military veterans. Specifically the bill would amend the Congressman C.W. Bill” Young Veteran Tuition Waiver Program to increase the…

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Florida’s ban on educational travel to Cuba stays in place

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The Florida Board of Governors says the state’s ban on educational travel to Cuba will stay in place until the U.S. and Cuba re-establish full diplomatic relations. The Miami Herald reports that the board overseeing the State University System recently told Florida International University that once diplomatic relations are restored, requests “to conduct scholarly activities located in Cuba” will follow the standard approval process. The board cited a state law forbidding any institution receiving state funds from traveling to “any country…

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With 21 trustee vacancies to fill at 11 universities, Charlie Crist’s power to appoint becoming best tool to shore up support

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With an insurgent candidate on his right challenging him for his party’s nomination for the U.S. Senate, Charlie Crist has an array of political tools at his disposal to shore up support for his administration — and his candidacy. At Crist’s disposal are 21 trustee vacancies at Florida’s 11 public universities, which the governor intends to fill over the next three months, according to a report in the Tallahassee Democrat that cites higher-education officials and Sterling Ivey, a spokesman for…

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