In The News: Private School Voucher Expansion, MI Affirmative Action Struck Down, Local Bank Merger, FCAT Test Delays
Voucher expansion proposal revived by Florida Senate – A Senate committee decided to include the expansion of Florida’s main private school voucher program in a bill on Tuesday. Florida’s voucher program currently allows about 60,000 students from low-income families to attend private schools. Tampa Bay Times
Justices approve state bans on affirmative action – The U.S. Supreme Court upheld a decision that would allow Michigan to be one of eight states to ban affirmative action programs in college admissions. Justice Sonia Sotomayor dissented, saying minority enrollment will decline at Michigan’s public universities. USA Today
Alarion Bank and HeritageBank of the South announce merger – HeritageBank of the South and Alarion Bank announced plans to merge on Tuesday morning. HeritageBank, which has three Florida locations in Ocala and Lake City, will acquire all of the common stock of Alarion Bank, which has six branches in Ocala, Gainesville and Alachua, in a transaction of approximately $22.1 million. The Gainesville Sun
FCAT tests delayed over website woes – Thousands of students in Florida were unable to take the online version of the FCAT on Tuesday morning. Students were unable to log in to take the test because of issues with the company’s website. Orlando Sentinel
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FPL to cut electric rates in January, will be lowest in Florida – The Florida Public Service Commission approved the proposal of Florida Power & Light Co., to lower the average electric bill for South Florida households by about $2 [...]
Lawsuit alleges NCAA is breaking minimum wage laws – Samantha Sackos, a former Houston women’s soccer player, filed a lawsuit against the NCAA claiming that it is in violation of Fair Labor Standards. Since athletes do not receive academic credit [...]
A flying car crashed on Tuesday in Marion County after going on an orientation flight. Two passengers suffered minor injuries but are currently safe.