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From the Pages of Orlando Weekly

From the Pages of Orlando Weekly: FL Senator Dennis Baxley backs off on misguided Bright Futures proposal


Going to college should be more than a four-year job training session. There’s a place for the practical, but the purpose of higher education, in the words of public policy writer Steven Brint, is to develop “human capital.” But State senator Dennis Baxley seems dead set on making it impossible for students who earn Florida’s Bright Futures scholarships to pursue liberal arts degrees. The first iteration of his recent education bill called for eliminating funding for any degree deemed “unlikely to lead to a job.” After a massive outcry from educators, families and students themselves, that part of the bill has been scrapped. Maybe focusing on the “capital” part of “human capital” would settle Baxley’s mind. After all corporate raider …
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From the Pages of Orlando Weekly

From the Pages of Orlando Weekly: A Florida Senate proposal that would cut Bright Futures scholarships for students who choose certain degree programs has been put on hold


A Senate proposal that would cut state-backed Bright Futures scholarships for students who choose certain degree programs has been put on hold. A Senate news release called SB 86 an effort to “maximize value for the student and for Florida taxpayers through a focus on targeted programs that directly lead to employment.” Sen. Dennis Baxley of Ocala sponsored the measure, which would deny eligibility for the state-funded scholarships unless students choose from a list of approved areas of study. Florida’s university Board of Governors and State Board of Education, who are appointed by the governor, will compile the list. A group of prospective college students calling themselves “Save Bright Futures” opposes the bill. They launched a petition titled “Keep Bright …
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Charlie Crist campaigning for governor in Orlando in 2014, with running mate Annette Taddeo. Crist says he won’t seek political office in 2016. Photo: Brendan Byrne, WMFE
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Crist Opens Office in Orlando, Pledges Education Support


Charlie Crist opened his first gubernatorial campaign office in Orlando on Wednesday. Crist, along with his running mate Annette Taddeo-Goldstein, addressed a crowd of supporters outside the headquarters on education The Crist for Governor campaign office is on the corner of Alafaya and Colonial, just across the street from the University of Central Florida. Crist promised supporters if elected he would increase Bright Future scholarships for state college education. The office sits in State House Representative Joe Saunders’ district and he says the choice to open the offices near the University of Central Florida show the commitment the campaign has to education. “For the Crist campaign to identify this area, my district, a district that has one of the highest …
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