Students and civil rights activists are still asking Florida to hold black and Hispanic students to a higher standard.
It’s been a little more than a year since the Southern Poverty Law Center and the Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County filed a federal civil rights complaint against the state’s race-based academic goals.
There have since been a number of protests by activists who oppose lower expectations for minorities.
Gov. Rick Scott was in Overtown Thursday to highlight millions in the state budget to help children who were victims of human trafficking.
This year’s state budget will spend $6 million to hire more advocates to help children during court cases. Another $3 million will pay for safe houses and rehabilitation for child victims of trafficking.
Scott also used the opportunity to talk about a new law that allows some undocumented immigrants access to in-state college tuition.
Florida Atlantic University has struggled recently with low graduation rates. To improve these numbers, the school is starting the JumpStart program, a college boot camp for students who might look like risky bets for graduating.
JumpStart grants students a conditional acceptance. They take two or three regular courses, and those who do well are officially accepted into the school.
Those who don’t make the grade get the experience, and their less-than-stellar GPA doesn’t follow them or FAU around.
Florida universities are revising policies that deal with cases of rape after a federal investigation of 55 schools nationwide revealed assaults were either underreported or not investigated thoroughly.
Only one school in Florida was part of the investigation, but the U.S Department of Education asked state universities to make some policy changes.
Florida Atlantic University is one of the schools with the least amount of reported sexual assaults. This is out of 33 reported cases from last year.