|Florida Aims to Provide Prisoners with Training, Education: Governor Rick Scott (R) signed a bill that would allow the Florida Department of Corrections to partner with local school districts and the Florida college system. The bill aims to ensure prisoners leave the system with vocational training and post-secondary education credentials that enable them to be competitive in the workforce. Under the provisions of this bill, inmates with 24 months or less remaining on their sentences will now be able to join the Workforce Education Program. Florida had previously banned the used of state funds to educate prisoners.
New Guidelines on K-12 Student Data Privacy in Iowa: Governor Kim Reynolds (R) signed new K-12 student data privacy protections into law. Modeled on California’s landmark student data privacy law, referred to as SOPIPA, HF 2354 prohibits targeted advertising to students, the sale of student information, and disclosing certain covered information, among other provisions. Unlike SOPIPA, however, HF 2354 allows for the sale of student data to national assessment providers with parental consent if the purpose is to provide access to employment, scholarships, or postsecondary educational opportunities.
Tennessee Considers Changes to Higher Education Governance: A bill that would change Tennessee’s postsecondary education governance structure is moving through the state’s General Assembly. SB 2259, known as the Complete College Tennessee Act, proposes restructuring the state student financial assistance programs, requiring the Tennessee Board of Regents to manage the state community colleges and colleges of applied technology under a proposed College System of Tennessee. The bill passed the Senate Finance, Ways, and Means Committee on Tuesday, and has been referred to the Senate Calendar Committee for further consideration.
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