Education

U.S. sees uptick in anti-Asian hate; FL Dems want students to learn about Asian American history

BY: - October 15, 2021

Following 18 months of hate, violence and discrimination against Asian Americans and Asian immigrants, three Florida lawmakers want to incorporate the history of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders into the state’s curriculum. If approved by the Legislature and the governor, the AAPI courses and other materials would be added to required instruction under Florida law, […]

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COVID’s impacts on student mental health are ‘widespread and deeply concerning’

BY: - October 14, 2021

The turbulent and stressful COVID-19 crisis has impacted mental health issues, including instances of suicidal thoughts among students who have had to deal with the trauma of trying to learn during the pandemic. “The COVID-19 pandemic’s effects on student mental health are widespread and deeply concerning,” the Department of Education’s Acting Assistant Secretary for Civil […]

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Will new dashboard focused on financial factors help or hurt students in picking college majors?

BY: - October 12, 2021

Come January, Florida students interested in attending a state university will have a new dashboard to consider if a specific college major is worth pursuing based on median student loan debt, salaries and other financial outcomes. It’s called “My Florida Future,” and the idea is “to assist students and families in making better informed decisions […]

FL allows 16-year-olds to withdraw from school with parent permission but most other states don’t

BY: - October 12, 2021

In the state of Pennsylvania, students are required to attend school until age 18. That’s the case for South Dakota too. And California. And Kansas. In fact, 24 states and Washington, D.C., require students to attend school until the age of 18. And a handful more set that age to at least 17, according to […]

Fried wants feds to block DeSantis administration from ‘defunding’ schools

BY: - October 8, 2021

Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried has called upon the Biden administration to use the “full weight of the federal government” to stop Gov. Ron DeSantis from “defunding” Florida schools. Fried, a Democrat who is a gubernatorial candidate for 2022, held a press conference Friday to discuss what she called a “troubling trend” within the DeSantis […]

GOP pushes back against federal probe into threats against school board members

BY: - October 8, 2021

WASHINGTON — Congressional Republicans have objected to a move by the Justice Department to investigate violent threats made against local school board members and teachers, arguing that the federal agency is “policing the speech of citizens and concerned parents.” “Violence and true threats of violence should have no place in our civic discourse, but parents […]

Schools

State will dock salaries from 8 elected school boards due to their strict mask policies

BY: - October 7, 2021

Eight school district superintendents pled their cases Thursday to the State Board of Education, to keep strict mask mandates in their districts for the safety of children and staff. Instead, they were punished and it was expected, following Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran’s earlier recommendations. In a conference call meeting, the State Board of Education on […]

About time: FL Department of Education submits a state plan to the feds worth $2.3 billion in COVID relief for schools

BY: - October 7, 2021

The Florida Department of Education has finally submitted a plan outlining how federal relief funds will be used to help schools recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. The plan is four months late and Florida was the last state in the nation to submit one. On the line is $2.3 billion in additional COVID relief funds, […]

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Thousands of students tested positive for COVID since August but info is still scarce, imperfect

BY: - October 7, 2021

Since the start of the 2021-22 school year, at least 9,210 public school students tested positive for COVID-19 in Hillsborough County schools in the Tampa Bay area — the highest number of student cases from an analysis of about half the districts in Florida. Orange County School District followed, with 5,529 student cases since the […]

55 school board members risk losing salaries: 47 women, 8 men; FL Board of Ed still largely male

BY: - October 6, 2021

Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran and the male-dominated State Board of Education will soon make a call on punishing local school boards — such as docking board pay — over strict mask mandates. Who will lose money? Mostly women. In the ongoing battle regarding masks and who controls Florida public schools, women will be hurt most, […]

Education Commissioner: Dock pay from more school boards plus withhold additional state funds

BY: - October 5, 2021

Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran has determined that at least 10 local school boards with strict mask mandates have violated Florida law and rules, and wants to dock pay from more boards, plus withhold more money — a new punishment. That punishment be related to federal grants from the Biden administration. Right now, the Biden administration […]

11 FL school districts are under fire over mask mandates though they aimed to protect kids

BY: - October 5, 2021

In a long political battle over mask mandates in public schools, 11 school districts will soon have to answer to state education officials who argue that districts with strict mask mandates are breaking Florida law and emergency rules. At stake is a State Board of Education meeting Thursday, in the form of a conference call, […]