Education

‘Sham’ or ‘opportunity’: What’s the state of state exams in FL and what will lawmakers do?

BY: - January 25, 2022

Back in September, Gov. Ron DeSantis announced a push to scrap Florida’s key state exams, claiming that a change to so-called “progress monitoring” would bring “less time for testing, which will mean more time for learning.” Legislation on the issue is now moving in the Florida Legislature. But there’s little indication that a new state […]

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U.S. judge raps U.F.’s knuckles; blocks policy silencing testimony by professors

BY: - January 22, 2022

A federal judge has compared the University of Florida to the Chinese Communist Party functionaries in blocking the university from preventing faculty from testifying in lawsuits challenging DeSantis administration policies. Ruling Friday, Chief U.S. District Judge Mark Walker in Tallahassee opened his 74-page opinion with a reference to the “Pillar of Shame” statute, commemorating the […]

Feds approve FL’s delayed COVID plan for schools; state can access all $15.7 billion in relief

BY: - January 21, 2022

The U.S. Department of Education approved Florida’s plan outlining how the state will use COVID-19 relief funds to help schools recover from the impacts of the pandemic, releasing the final $2.3 billion dollars for the projects. The approval came after months of delays. Florida and other states were supposed to submit a COVID plan for […]

Candidate Crist unites parents fed up with ‘toxic politicization’ at schools and DeSantis policies

BY: - January 19, 2022

U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist, currently campaigning for governor in 2022 as a Democrat, is creating his own coalition of parents to support his campaign. A former Republican Florida governor and education commissioner, Crist said that the group will be “instrumental in helping to shape the education policy of the future Crist administration and end the […]

Restricting how teachers and employers talk about race could chill important dialogue, critics say

BY: - January 19, 2022

Coming off of a federal holiday recognizing the influence of Martin Luther King Jr.,  some Florida lawmakers are pushing legislation that could impose more barriers on how public school teachers can discuss racism in history classes. In addition, the bill would involve Florida’s private businesses, which would prohibit employers from requiring employees to be subjected […]

FL’s First Lady announces school assemblies, toolkits, to warn kids about fentanyl, other drugs

BY: - January 15, 2022

Nancy Ackerman, a mother in Seminole County, joined First Lady Casey DeSantis at a roundtable discussion this week and relayed the story of her 19-year-old daughter overdosing on fentanyl and dying. “I don’t even call it a drug. I just call it a poison,” Ackerman said. “Too many people I know have lost their children […]

COMMENTARY

Actually, y’all, some of us would prefer facts with our politics

BY: - January 14, 2022

OCCUPIED TALLAHASSEE — In the first speech of his 2024 presidential campaign, not-so-cunningly disguised as the “State of the State” address, Ron DeSantis declared, We have made Florida the freest state in these United States. And the freedoms just keep coming. Florida women will be free from controlling their own bodies. DeSantis supports a bill […]

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School personnel shouldn’t use handcuffs on students, lawmaker proposes

BY: - January 13, 2022

In Florida’s public school system, school personnel can use handcuffs, zip-ties, straightjackets or other devices on students who are acting out or misbehaving in a way that poses a threat to themselves or others. But legislation filed in the 2022 legislative session would prohibit school personnel from using those methods — potentially sparing students, especially […]

Gov. DeSantis: “To impose any type of mandate on people is crazy”

BY: - January 5, 2022

Gov. Ron DeSantis on Wednesday pushed back against any potential mandates, school closures or stay- at-home procedures, saying that schools are safe as long as they follow safety guidelines. The governor told reporters that he doesn’t foresee any new mandates being in place anytime soon, despite COVID surges and the highly transmissible omicron variant spreading […]

Private colleges pivot to remote learning but FL public universities won’t go virtual despite COVID

BY: - January 4, 2022

In Florida, the private University of Miami announced last week that it will pivot to remote learning for the first two weeks of the spring semester, given the surge in COVID-19 cases. Elsewhere, several private colleges and universities such as Harvard, Howard, Stanford, Syracuse and Northwestern plan to resume classes in a virtual setting for […]

DeSantis: ‘Our schools will be open’ despite surge in COVID infections

BY: - January 3, 2022

With nearly 3 million Florida public school students returning to in-person classes this week amid a record surge in COVID infections in the state, there will be no tightening of COVID protocols for students, Gov. Ron DeSantis said Monday at a press conference in Fort Lauderdale. “Our schools will be open in the state of […]

Essential workers in FL hope for relief in new year

BY: - January 1, 2022

While Americans grew more divided over politics in 2021, frontline essential workers toiled on to hold the nation together. Lauded as heroes but often not treated as such, nurses, first responders, teachers, farm workers, commercial drivers, and other essential workers shouldered the load to keep goods, food, health care, and education available through both the […]