Education

FL education officials approve military vet teaching pathway; DeSantis and Diaz on the defensive

BY: - August 17, 2022

State education officials Wednesday approved a new rule to allow military veterans who meet certain qualifications to head a Florida classroom without receiving a bachelor’s degree, though thousands of teachers are required to get a four-year college degree. In this case, a veteran with a military background would be under the guidance of an experienced […]

DeSantis: 2-year degree plus a mentor to be a teacher? Will it undercut 4-year education degrees?

BY: - August 16, 2022

Gov. Ron DeSantis on Tuesday announced alternate routes for Floridians in all walks of life to become teachers, but with a catch: People would need only a two-year associate degree to lead a classroom — with the help of a teacher mentor — rather than a bachelor’s degree that would include four years of college […]

Students still struggling in math, with 49 percent of kids passing the state Algebra 1 exam in 2022

BY: - August 15, 2022

In a crucial state Algebra 1 exam, 49 percent of students passed in 2022, up from 47 percent from the year before, according to Florida Department of Education data. The results were from 258,691 students who took the 2022 exam. That said, the scores indicate that many students struggled to pass the major math exam […]

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A military veteran without a bachelor’s degree could soon be at the head of a FL classroom

BY: - August 12, 2022

Gov. Ron DeSantis has approved a new law to create an alternative temporary teaching certificate for military veterans, saying that their prior military experience will have value in the classroom. But the law would get around a prerequisite expected of thousands of teachers in Florida — a bachelor’s degree. Instead, the military veteran would be […]

Only 48 percent of 5th graders passed the state’s science exam; fewer than a quarter were ‘proficient’

BY: - August 11, 2022

Florida’s 5th graders took the 2022 statewide science exam to measure understanding of the state’s science standards, but the results were stagnant to dismal. Only 48 percent of 5th graders passed the exam, based on a score of 3 or higher. The Florida Department of Education considers that “satisfactory—may need additional support for the next […]

First day of 2022-23 school year feels ‘more normal’ but uncertainties and unease remain

BY: - August 10, 2022

The vast majority of school districts opened their classroom doors Wednesday, with hopes of a more normal school setting following a rocky two years that included the COVID pandemic, remote learning, mask controversies, an overhaul for statewide testing and prohibitions on certain school topics. “It feels like this year is closer to how it was […]

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How should FL school districts respond to the monkeypox outbreak? There’s little state guidance

BY: - August 8, 2022

As the number of monkeypox cases spread across Florida, more and more school districts will have to contend with how to approach the disease as public school students, teachers and staff start their first day of school this week. So far, districts haven’t gotten much guidance from state health officials, leaving those sorts of questions […]

COMMENTARY

Teachers on the front line

BY: - August 2, 2022

In 1987 I began my teaching career. The classroom that I taught in then is now a vestige of the past and we are continuously redefining what the modern school or classroom should look like. Student discipline is a complicated and often uneven process in our schools, with board policies and state laws often failing […]

FL Democratic Party releases its own list of endorsements in school board races

BY: - August 1, 2022

The Florida Democratic Party has issued endorsements in local school board races, joining a politicization of these ostensibly nonpartisan positions begun by Gov. Ron DeSantis. Party chairman Manny Diaz announced endorsements in 18 races in 13 counties. “Florida’s public education system needs help right now. Our governor is playing politics with our children,” Diaz said. […]

Democrats in Congress press Biden to extend pause on student loans

BY: - July 30, 2022

WASHINGTON  — More than 100 congressional Democrats are urging the White House to extend the pause on student loan repayment beyond the Aug. 31 deadline. In a letter to President Joe Biden and Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona, U.S. Senate and House Democrats argue that due to inflation and continuing coronavirus pandemic, student loan borrowers […]

As new school year draws near, FL families can save at annual back-to-school tax holiday

BY: - July 28, 2022

Florida families and educators looking to relieve some of the financial burdens of the upcoming school year can take part in the annual back-to-school tax holiday, which started this week and will end on August 7. The Florida Department of Revenue has released a Frequently Asked Questions document about the 2022 tax holiday, which outlines […]

DeSantis says Biden can ‘barely read,’ but our governor is no paragon of fluency

BY: - July 26, 2022

Analysis “Because as bad as Biden is, even though he can barely read the teleprompter, and as much as people disapprove of him, nobody wants Harris, and so they’d much rather stick with Biden floundering around than actually turn the wheels of power over to somebody that clearly is in over her head.” That was […]