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UCF sorority found guilty of alcohol, academic violations

Alpha Delta Pi, a UCF sorority that was placed on interim suspension last month after a slew of accusations, including academic and alcohol-related misconduct, will remain on suspension for the fall 2019 semester and could be on suspension longer if it doesn't complete a series of sanctions, including updating its member education plan.

After decades of growth, UCF is tapping the brakes as new downtown campus takes flight

After decades of growth, UCF is tapping the brakes as a new campus in downtown Orlando with Valencia College is about to open. But the demand for higher education remains in Central Florida, university leaders said.

United Way joins businesses with safety net for paycheck-to-paycheck families

For the 46 percent of Florida’s working families struggling to cover basic living expenses, the local United Way is partnering with some big companies to provide a new sort of safety net, leaders announced Wednesday. The charity also pledged $300,000 a year for an emergency fund to aid those families.

Overwatch League bringing esports battle to Full Sail University

Full Sail University to host Overwatch League event next year.

Hundreds of students move into new downtown UCF/Valencia campus

Hundreds of UCF and Valencia College students moved into their rooms at the new downtown campus Wednesday morning.

Osceola’s NeoCity Academy stresses tech, entrepreneurship

Osceola school district's NeoCity Academy drops high school students into a world of STEM-based learning.

For teachers: Free $60 Calm subscription to help kids manage stress and learn mindfulness

Calm is offering a year of free unlimited access to kindergarten through 12th grade teachers so they can teach stress-reducing techniques to children to cope with life pressures and manage anxiety after the Parkland school shooting.

Civics lessons: Floridians can weigh in on textbooks, state test

As part of a state effort to improve civics lessons, Florida has opened for public review the textbooks used in middle school civics classes and the framework used to create the state's end-of-course civics exam. A new state law requires the review of the materials and exam taken by more than 213,000 middle school students this year.

‘Hey, teacher leave them kids alone’: Florida teacher gets in hot water over scolding students: report

A Florida teacher found herself in trouble after making condescending remarks to a 17-year-old student at North Fort Myers High School, according to media reports.

Florida teacher removed from classroom after scolding kids who don’t stand for pledge: report

A Duval County teacher was removed from the classroom after writing a statement on the board scolding kids who don't stand for the pledge of allegiance Wednesday, according to a report by Jacksonville.com.

Florida mom goes to Disney without kids to celebrate first day of school

In the ongoing Disney with or without kids debate, one Central Florida mom pulled out a move that went viral: Celebrating her kids' first day of school by heading to the Magic Kingdom without them.

Florida moms celebrate kids’ first day of school with wine and doughnuts

The kids are back in school and these moms have something to wine about.

Beloved Florida bus driver dies in accident on way to her last, ‘first day’ of school: report

Cynthia Gibson, known as Ms. Cherry, had 30 years of service as a bus driver, but died in a car crash on her way to work for the first day of school, according to a report by WFLA.

Disney World workers can get tuition paid upfront at University of Arizona, which joins schools in Disney Aspire

Last year Disney announced it will pay all tuition, fees and book expenses upfront for full-time and part-time hourly employees in a new program known as Disney Aspire. Now, more schools are joining.

Bills seek to ban discrimination in private schools that take Florida vouchers

Rep. Anna Eskamani, D-Orlando, filed a bill to ban discrimination against gay, transgender and disabled students in private schools that take Florida vouchers. The bill, like its counterpart in the Florida Senate, seeks to make sure the private schools that accept school vouchers, or scholarships, don't deny admission to certain students as some now do.

Orlando’s Creative Village could spark growth in video gaming companies

With Creative Village soon coming online, video game professionals say they could build a hub here.

'No current credible threat’ says Lake Brantley High regarding threatening social media post before first day of school: report

The first day of school will be a safe one, says Lake Brantley High principal Brian Blasewitz after a threatening social media post by a former student was dealt with by law enforcement, according to a report by WESH.

With school starting, know when to stop for the school bus

With a new school year, it's important to know when drivers are responsible to stop for a school bus. Better to be safe than sorry.

Florida OKs 36 new private schools for voucher money vs. 151 two years ago, with visit requirement

Three dozen Florida private schools have been approved to receive state-backed scholarships for the 2019-2020 academic year, the first time when site visits by Department of Education staff are required before campuses can start receiving money.

Nearly 200 Central Florida teaching jobs open days ahead of new school year; thousands unfilled in Florida

Days before the new school year starts Monday, Central Florida's public schools still had about 200 teacher vacancies to fill. Statewide, thousands of teacher jobs remained unfilled, according to the Florida Education Association.

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UCF’s all-woman cybersecurity team finishes 3rd in competition

UCF's all-woman team finishes third in cybersecurity competition.

Orange schools extend insurance plans to employees while new teacher negotiations underway

The Orange County school district will extend its current health insurance offerings to all employees while it tries to reach a new agreement with its teachers. Orange teachers rejected a proposed contract by a 4-to-1 margin last week, with many who voted "no" saying they were upset by steep hikes in insurance costs.

An all-woman UCF cybersecurity team is in the finals of a national competition

All-woman UCF cybersecurity team reaches finals of national competition.

An all-woman UCF cybersecurity team is in the finals of a national competition

All-woman UCF cybersecurity team reaches finals of national competition.

New school year will bring new measures in Lake district to deal with troubled students

Lake County students are preparing for the 2019-20 school year, which begins Monday, Aug. 12.

Kruppenbacher, FLVS board member had outside connections, but was it a conflict?

The case of connections between Frank Kruppenbacher and a lobbyist at Orlando International Airport raise questions about Florida's ethics laws.

Central Florida schools start new year on Monday with some changes

The 2019-20 school year kicks off Monday for all of Central Florida's public school districts. Most of Florida's school districts -- 61 of 67 -- start classes Aug. 12, too.

Creative Village: UCF-Valencia campus expected to be hottest area for downtown Orlando growth

The area around the old Amway Arena, site of the Orlando Magic’s glory days, became a blank slate for city planners who dreamed big about what could come next after the 2012 demolition. But before its dismantling, officials touted an opportunity to shape 68 acres it controlled in its downtown core, eventually settling on a “village” concept with an education hub that could attract high-wage digital media jobs downtown, spurring more than $1 billion dollars in new development along the way. Creative Village will come to life in August with the opening of a joint UCF and Valencia downtown campus.

UCF sorority suspended after member reports group chat about drinking, sharing IDs

The University of Central Florida has suspended a sorority chapter after a member reported a string of group chat messages that mentioned drinking and sharing IDs and included a photo of a person lying next to a toilet.

Hotelier Harris Rosen expands private health care program to Osceola County schools

Osceola County schools switch healthcare providers, hire hotelier Harris Rosen's RosenCare to administer benefits program.

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