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Issac Morgan

Issac Morgan

Issac Morgan is a 2009 graduate of Florida A&M University's School of Journalism, and a proud native of Tallahassee. He has covered city council and community events at the Gadsden County Times, worked as a sports news assistant at the Tallahassee Democrat, a communications specialist for the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, and as a proofreader at the Florida Law Weekly.

Nurses battling virus on front lines in understaffed hospitals: A brave nurse speaks out

By: - May 15, 2020

Millicent Bowerbank, a registered nurse in Miami, has been providing nonstop care for COVID-19 patients without a break at times during graveyard shifts, because there aren’t enough trained nurses to care for people infected with the coronavirus. “I have experience where I cried because I was in this isolation area from about 10 p.m. to […]

Workers describe being denied state jobless assistance without even an explanation

By: - May 14, 2020

Florida’s broken unemployment system was difficult to navigate already but, even when applicants get through it, many are being denied their benefits without explanation, according to Florida labor unions and advocates. Thomas Spellman, who was laid off from his job as a construction apprentice, said Thursday that he was denied benefits after applying three times […]

Will FL expand summer school and extend the school year in 2020-21? State Board of Ed faces questions

By: - May 12, 2020

As Gov. Ron DeSantis gives the green light to open certain parts of Florida during COVID-19, K-12 public schools may be up for consideration, with education officials looking at ways for kids to return to physical classrooms and get caught up on learning. “Summer programming expansion” will be considered in the mix of proposals  in […]

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Dissatisfied students and families in FL still want in-person graduation ceremonies when COVID-19 wanes

By: - May 11, 2020

Thousands of students from Florida’s 2020 high school graduating class aren’t satisfied with virtual graduation ceremonies and want traditional in-person commencement exercises when COVID-19 subsides. They’re pushing for later dates for the iconic cap-and-gown ceremonies, when the cornonavirus pandemic wanes to safer conditions. In that regard, kids and families have been starting change.org petitions across […]

USF grad assistants fear COVID-19 could trigger job losses

By: - May 7, 2020

With negotiations moving forward for graduate assistants at the University of South Florida, students are worried they may lose their jobs because of potential budget cuts triggered by a global pandemic. If COVID-19 budget cuts occur and cause terminations, graduate assistants want the university to provide letters reflecting that information, for unemployment insurance purposes. “We […]

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Florida Supreme Court hears arguments in campaign to place pot decriminalization on state ballot

By: - May 6, 2020

Sponsors of a citizen’s initiative that could legalize adult use of recreational marijuana in Florida are contesting claims that the proposed amendment conflicts with federal law and that the ballot summary is misleading. On Wednesday, the Florida Supreme Court heard oral arguments in a virtual courtroom, because of COVID-19 precautions, with state officials trying to […]

Fighting for living wages: Grad assistants are the ‘most vulnerable members of the USF community’

By: - May 6, 2020

Sam Badger is a grad student in a teaching role at the University of South Florida. Like many graduate assistants, he finds it challenging to live off a low stipend. “Even though being a student and GA together is effectively full time, many graduate students still need to find outside work to make ends meet,” […]

Details dim about prevalence of telecommuting by state workers during COVID-19 outbreak

By: - May 4, 2020

With COVID-19 upending many workplaces in the U.S., state and local government employees are telecommuting at rates not seen before, according to a report from the Center for State and Local Government Excellence, a non-profit research organization. The report shows a 27 percent increase in teleworking among state and local government employees, “the highest share […]

Cut, washed, styled and dyed? Gov. DeSantis supports reopening hair salons — but not just yet

By: - May 2, 2020

After Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings recently reached out to the Florida governor about reopening hair salons, Gov. Ron DeSantis said Saturday that he’s in support, though it won’t be right away. At a roundtable discussion on the issue at a salon in Orlando, DeSantis stressed the importance of proper safety measures in place for […]

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Florida Education Association pushes for more diversity in efforts to reopen schools in 2020-21

By: - April 29, 2020

When Gov. Ron DeSantis created a task force to “reopen” Florida, an education working group was chosen to participate, with top-level education leaders participating. What was missing was diversity. There was just one teacher — a special education teacher in Orange County, but no school board members, guidance counselors, mental health professionals, parents, students and […]

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How can online learning work if students aren’t online? And what happens if kids don’t participate?

By: - April 29, 2020

About a month into online learning for K-12 students, not all kids are even going online; school attendance policies are lax to nonexistent and the state hasn’t come up with a way to track student participation for the remote lessons, the Florida Phoenix has found. Those issues fly in the face of state compulsory attendance […]

Broward College counselors may lose their jobs and livelihoods

By: - April 27, 2020

Broward College’s Board of Trustees is considering Tuesday whether to eliminate all 14 full-time faculty counselors at the community college in Fort Lauderdale. The move is being described as a “reduction in force” proposal that would mean an “elimination of the faculty counselor job classification.” The salaries and benefits of the 14 counselors add up […]