Changes to Bright Futures scholarship bill clears Florida Senate education committee
State Sen. Dennis Baxley, of Ocala, made his case Tuesday morning for his bill that would overhaul the Florida Bright Futures Program. Students who qualify, who are studying majors not on the list, may receive the full funding from Bright Futures. There’s already been changes raising requirements to get Bright Futures,” said Jocelyn Meyer, a senior at Rockledge High School. She fits all the current requirements for a full-ride Bright Futures Scholarship. Students already in college on Bright Futures will not be affected, and will continue to receive their approved funding until they graduate college.
Senators Drop Plan to Dock Students’ Bright Futures Awards If They Don’t Seek Profitable Degrees, But Anxiety Remains
A Senate panel on Tuesday scaled back a bill that would have reduced Bright Futures scholarships for students pursuing certain degrees, but opponents are now focusing criticism on whether the measure will jeopardize future funding for the program. But Baxley filed an amendment to delete that part of the bill, with the Senate Education Appropriations Subcommittee approving the change Tuesday. “I got well over 2,000 communications regarding this bill, so this is a very popular bill,” Baxley said of the controversial proposal, eliciting laughs from some lawmakers on the panel. However, the lists would have no bearing on the awarding of Bright Futures scholarships and Benacquisto Scholarships for National Merit scholars. Seo is part of the student-led group Save Bright Futures, which was formed in response to the bill.flaglerlive.com
Florida Senate could overhaul controversial Bright Futures bill following backlash
The measure is scheduled to be heard Tuesday by the Senate Education Appropriations Subcommittee. However, the lists would have no bearing on how Bright Futures scholarships and Benacquisto Scholarships for National Merit scholars are awarded. Ron DeSantis voiced his support for the Bright Futures program, telling reporters that he wants to fully fund the scholarships. Ad“I’ve made very clear, I think Bright Futures is something that Florida families have relied upon. Even as he proposed changes to his bill, Baxley wrote Monday that he still wants to strengthen a connection between higher education and the workforce.
Florida Senator Dennis Baxley walks back controversial Bright Futures proposal
The measure is scheduled to be heard Tuesday by the Senate Education Appropriations Subcommittee.“My goal in filing Senate Bill 86 was to begin the discussion about both the cost and the value of the degrees and programs within our higher education system. However, the lists would have no bearing on how Bright Futures scholarships and Benacquisto Scholarships for National Merit scholars are awarded.Sen. Even with this amendment, the bill still removes the guarantee that 100% and 75% of tuition is funded. Ron DeSantis voiced his support for the Bright Futures program, telling reporters that he wants to fully fund the scholarships.“I’ve made very clear, I think Bright Futures is something that Florida families have relied upon. We have to reconnect the education and economic model and we have begun that process,” Baxley wrote.orlandoweekly.com
Plan to revamp Bright Futures scholarship clears first hurdle in Florida Senate
The proposal (SB 86), sponsored by Sen. Dennis Baxley, R-Ocala, advanced from the Republican-controlled Senate Education Committee in a 5-4 party-line vote. An amendment adopted by the committee changed the proposal from completely cutting Bright Futures aid for certain majors to reducing the scholarship amounts awarded to students. “We are still concerned about the repeal of the promise to pay either 100 or 75 percent of student and fees for Bright Futures students. Any cuts for Bright Futures will make it harder for students to reach their goals” said Alexandra Valdes, student-body president at Florida International University. The proposal also would create the Florida Bright Opportunities Grant Program, aimed at helping pay tuition and fees for students eligible for need-based Pell grants.
Florida lawmakers expected to overhaul controversial Bright Futures proposal
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Under pressure that has included a student-led opposition campaign, lawmakers are expected to overhaul a controversial Senate proposal that would tie Bright Futures scholarships to a list of job-creating degrees. The measure (SB 86) was tabled last week before it was set to be considered by the Senate Education Committee. But the Senate Education Committee on Tuesday is expected to consider an amendment that would make significant changes to the bill. The change tying Bright Futures eligibility to the lists would go into effect during the 2023-2024 academic year, which is one year later than the original plan proposed. And so, we’re still going to be looking to scale back the Bright Futures portion of that opportunity if it does not lead to a job,” Simpson said.
Lawmakers Still Aim to Penalize Bright Futures Recipients for Not Taking ‘Approved’ Majors
Under pressure that has included a student-led opposition campaign, lawmakers are expected to overhaul a controversial Senate proposal that would tie Bright Futures scholarships to a list of job-creating degrees. The measure (SB 86) was tabled last week before it was set to be considered by the Senate Education Committee. But the Senate Education Committee on Tuesday is expected to consider an amendment that would make significant changes to the bill. Under the amendment filed by Baxley, Bright Futures scholarships would be “reduced,” not nixed, for students who don’t choose an academic discipline deemed promising for job prospects. The change tying Bright Futures eligibility to the lists would go into effect during the 2023-2024 academic year, which is one year later than the original plan proposed.flaglerlive.com
Florida's Bright Futures scholarship revamp put on hold
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – A controversial Senate proposal that would cut state-backed Bright Futures scholarships for students in degree programs that don’t “lead directly to employment” has been put on hold and is expected to undergo changes. Students who have not chosen degree programs would be eligible to have 60 hours of coursework covered by the scholarship. The Senate Education Committee was scheduled to take up the bill Tuesday, but consideration was postponed Monday evening. Ad[WATCH: Florida Republicans proposing changes to Bright Futures, financial aid]At least some of that input is coming from a group of prospective college students who are opposing the bill under the moniker Save Bright Futures. Baxley’s proposal would tie the amount of students’ Bright Futures scholarships to the amount appropriated in the state budget.
Man, 79, killed by train in Winter Park
WINTER PARK, Fla. – A man was struck and killed by a freight train Wednesday night in Winter Park, police said. The fatal crash happened around 9:50 p.m. at Pennsylvania and Holt avenues. [TRENDING: How plants solve rapes, murders | Swastikas found on Fla. playground | Proposal seeks major changes to Bright Futures]Winter Park police said it appears the man, 79-year-old Patrick William Doyle, was trying to cross the tracks when he was struck. Police closed the intersection for hours while officers investigated the Doyle’s death, causing a SunRail train to be delayed for hours and detours for drivers. AdThe intersection reopened early Thursday.
Lake County house goes up in flames; traffic delays expected on CR-46A
SORRENTO, Fla. – A house fire in Lake County has prompted officials to close a road in the area. The fire broke out Thursday morning at a home in Sorrento on Droty Springs Lane, which is closed. [TRENDING: How plants solve rapes, murders | Swastikas found on Fla. playground | Proposal seeks major changes to Bright Futures]“Expect delays on (nearby) County Road 46A,” the Lake County Sheriff’s Office tweeted. “Deputies are conducting traffic control while the fire department extinguishes the fire,” the tweet read. AdNo other details, including the cause of fire, have been released.
More 80-degree temperatures shine on Central Florida
ORLANDO, Fla. – A warm, picture-perfect week of weather continues in Central Florida. Orlando will reach a high in the low 80s Thursday, with lots of sunshine. The average high in Orlando on this date is 75. High temperatures will reach the mid-80s on Friday and through the weekend. Orlando has a yearly rain deficit of 1.50 inches.
Here’s how to check if you qualify for Florida’s Bright Futures scholarship
The Class of 2020 has until midnight Tuesday to make sure they qualify for Florida’s Bright Futures scholarship. Ron DeSantis issued an executive order in September to extend the deadline to qualify for the state’s scholarship to give high school seniors three extra months to take the SAT or ACT. Families must submit a Student Florida Financial Aid Application to help determine a student’s qualification. Applicants can check on their FFAA form to see if the state has received a student’s test scores. For more information, or to check the list of qualifications needed to be awarded Bright Futures aid, click here.
Floridas class of 2020 gets second chance to boost test scores for Bright Futures scholarship
Florida high school graduates have a second chance to boost their standardized test scores to earn the Bright Futures scholarship. Ron DeSantis issued an executive order to extend the deadline to qualify for the Bright Futures scholarship to Dec. 1, 2020. The order will allow the class of 2020 seniors three months to take the SAT or ACT. It relieved a lot of pressure knowing that I wont have as much debt when I graduate college, Kimpton said. The order will also allow students who qualify for the Bright Futures scholarship to apply fees for distance learning toward the scholarship.
Students and parents demanding requirement changes for Bright Futures scholarship amid pandemic
VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. Many high school seniors in Florida have faced challenges trying to secure a Bright Futures scholarship amid the coronavirus pandemic. When the coronavirus pandemic closed schools in the middle of March some testing sites also closed. The scholarship developed in 1997 for Florida students to attend Florida universities now has some parents and students frustrated. For the Bright Futures scholarship, for 75% you need to have 75 volunteer hours, a 3.0 GPA and 1170 on the SAT, and I had all of those but I had 1160 on the SAT, Wilson said. Michele Lipkas daughter, Gabriella hoped with one more shot she could earn the SAT score needed to qualify for the Bright Futures scholarship.
Florida students now have more time to qualify for Bright Futures scholarship
ORLANDO, Fla. High school seniors who had their last semester disrupted due to the coronavirus pandemic will now have more time to qualify for a Bright Futures scholarship to help them pay for their college tuition. The head of the state Department of Education signed an emergency order Wednesday providing some extra provisions for seniors who had to delay SAT and ACT testing or cancel planned volunteer hours. They will now have until July 31 to get their scores up to par to meet the minimum requirements needed to be awarded the state-funded scholarship. In addition, school counselors can submit paperwork showing the volunteer hours a student intended to complete and that document will count as proof that the student met the service requirement. To learn more about the scholarship program, click here.