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A State Senator's Sweet Deal

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Evelyn J. Lynn has spent much of her professional career as an educator, putting in 30 years as a teacher and administrator in the schools of Florida’s Volusia County and earning a doctorate in instructional leadership and administration from the University of Florida. So it's no stunner that when Florida State University sought someone to help get a new outreach center for its Florida Center for Reading Research on Lynn's home turf of Daytona Beach, they hired her for the nearly $120,000 position, which she began in September.

Florida Lawmaker to Forgo Pay in University Job

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Days after Inside Higher Ed reported on state senator's $10,000-a-month arrangement with center she helped the state create, she says she'll work as a volunteer.

When Universities Run Schools ... Into the Ground

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U. of South Florida relinquishes control of its failing charter school, in cautionary tale of what can go wrong if colleges lack a sustained commitment to their K-12 initiatives.

For Florida Community Colleges, Who Should Pay?

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Officials debate whether proposal to allow local taxes will provide needed funds or just favor wealthier districts while letting the state off the hook.

Fla. Community College President Indicted

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Northwest Florida State College places president on leave after grand jury files felony conspiracy charges against him and key state lawmaker.

No More Testing to Graduate

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Florida drops college skills assessment, but keeps degree requirement test could fulfill, potentially stranding some students with necessary credits and no diploma.

It's All What You Study

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At community colleges, an underperforming high school graduate studying computer science is much more likely to see an earnings increase than is a well-prepared high school graduate studying literature. That is the conclusion of a new analysis designed to explore the factors that predict which community college students will gain the most from their education.

In a Counselor's Care

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Confronted with charges that he had romantic involvements with graduate students or sent them explicit text messages while they were enrolled in his classes, a University of Florida department head has resigned, university officials confirmed.

Michael T. Garrett, a tenured professor of counselor education, resigned this month amid an internal investigation of the charges, according to Janine Sikes, a university spokeswoman.

Waiting in the Wings

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Guaranteed transfer program has more than 35,000 community college students in line to enroll at U. of Central Florida; program seen as alternative to two-year colleges' offering their own bachelor's degrees.

Help for Haitian Students

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Colleges in New York City and Miami rush to provide counseling and other services to large populations of students affected by last week’s earthquake.

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