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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.

Ocoee massacre education bill did not include reparations and may not be in school curriculum for awhile

By: - June 26, 2020

In frank comments about African-American legislation in Florida, State Sen. Randolph Bracy, who is a Black man, said he thinks that some Republicans  “have a concern with having their names attached to reparations for African Americans.” “Some people are concerned about the political fallout,” Bracy said in a phone interview Friday with the Florida Phoenix. […]

COVID reopening plan caps a tumultuous year for New College of Florida

By: - June 24, 2020

New College of Florida, in Sarasota, had its fair share of challenges this year — fighting off a merger with the University of Florida, lagging enrollment, and then the COVID-19 crisis. At least a couple of those problems are being dealt with, if not surmounted entirely. The merger proposal failed in the Legislature, and New […]

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Several FL universities are planning for less face-to-face instruction and fewer kids in dorms this fall

By: - June 23, 2020

Residential dorms and face-to-face instruction are cornerstones of campus life for college students, but their world will be different this fall. With the COVID-19 pandemic continuing, several of Florida’s public universities plan to deliver less on-campus instruction this fall and put fewer kids in residential housing because of social distancing guidelines and safety measures. In […]

FL Gov. DeSantis’ Juneteenth proclamation draws attention to Confederate holidays still on the books

By: - June 19, 2020

As Gov. Ron DeSantis issued a proclamation Friday commemorating the day slavery ended in the United States, questions have been raised about the state’s approach to observing public holidays that represent racial injustice and whether Juneteenth will be added to the list of public holidays. According to Florida statutes, Florida observes legal holidays such as […]

Broward College union demands reinstatement of faculty counselors let go amid the pandemic

By: - June 18, 2020

Broward College faculty counselors who lost their jobs during the COVID-19 pandemic are urging the college to immediately rehire them, saying eliminating those positions wreaked havoc on staff, faculty and students. The Broward College administration said they planned to “hire lower-paid, non-union academic advisors to replace the faculty counselors,” according to the Broward chapter of […]

Law enforcement leaders push to “rebuild trust and accountability” in communities through new guidelines

By: - June 17, 2020

Discussions on better police standards and practices are underway, with police chiefs across the state leading efforts to build more trust between police officers and the people they serve. In the wake of the George Floyd killing, the Florida Police Chiefs Association, a large statewide police organization, announced in early June the development of a […]

Florida’s Val Demings: On police reform, ‘the president does not go far enough’

By: - June 16, 2020

Top Florida Democrats were largely unmoved Tuesday by President Trump’s new executive order on police misconduct, saying it didn’t address key issues related to racism amid nationwide outrage over injustices in communities of color. Trump’s order, signed earlier in the day, seeks to bolster efforts to track police misconduct and encourage tougher police trainings and […]

Fired data scientist offers an alternative to Dept. of Health’s COVID dashboard

By: - June 15, 2020

A new COVID-19 dashboard launched by a fired Florida Department of Health data scientist indicates that, among the 67 counties, only Liberty County meets the criteria for Florida’s planned next phase in re-opening the economy. The new “Florida’s Community Coronavirus Dashboard” is the work of Rebekah Jones, who’d been responsible for creating the state’s official […]

Florida NAACP chapter leaders speak out: ‘We don’t want black lives matter to be like a hashtag’

By: - June 10, 2020

In the wake of recent killings of black people by police, and the protests, outrage and pain that followed, conversations about police reform are happening around the nation. In Florida, civil rights leaders have been focusing not only on tackling systemic racism and building better relationships between people of color and police departments, but holding […]

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Florida Senate President Bill Galvano rejects special session proposal on police reforms

By: - June 9, 2020

Senate President Bill Galvano turned down a request Tuesday to call a special session for police reforms following the death of George Floyd and nationwide protests over police shootings of black people. Orlando State Sen. Randolph Bracy, a Democrat representing part of Orange County, proposed the special session in a letter to Gov. Ron DeSantis, […]

State senator calls for special session on police reform: ‘Innocent lives may be lost while we wait’

By: - June 5, 2020

Amid heightened tension over police brutality, a state lawmaker has proposed calling the Florida Legislature into special session to consider needed reforms, including requiring officers to wear body cameras to installing vehicle dash cameras and guaranteeing public access to those recordings. Orlando State Sen. Randolph Bracy presented those proposals and more during a news conference […]

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What might college look like? Face masks, single-room dorms, staggered classes and even a short fall semester

By: - June 3, 2020

Students, faculty and staff would be required to wear face masks until a COVID-19 vaccine is available, kids could be in single-room dorms, and classes would be staggered to maintain social distancing, according to recommendations Wednesday by a higher education group. Those recommendations and more come as college campuses across Florida are trying to safely […]