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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 […]

COMMENTARY

The impending miseducation of Florida’s schoolchildren

BY: - July 25, 2022

As a great president once asked, “Is our children learning?” Well, is they? It don’t look good, what with government schools forcing them to become communists, hate America, and vote wrong. But never fear: Florida’s governor’s fixed that mess with new rules stopping those union-loving, Toni Morrison-reading, evolution-accepting, comfortable shoe-wearing, foreign movie-watching, gay-coddling teachers indoctrinating […]

Meet teacher Melissa Anne Matz, Florida’s 2023 Teacher of the Year

BY: - July 22, 2022

Melissa Anne Matz, a 7th grade math teacher who makes a point to speak to every student as they enter her classroom, has become Florida’s 2023 Teacher of the Year. An educator working in the Clay County School District in Northeast Florida, “Ms. Matz takes the approach that stepping outside of one’s comfort zone and […]

FL’s K-12, college kids will return to school amid diseases and outbreaks; will they be prepared?

BY: and - July 22, 2022

With the 2022-23 school year looming in Florida, millions of students and staff at K-12 brick-and-mortar schools and college campuses could face a triangle of health outbreaks and potential infections, with diseases already circulating in the state, nation and the world. Even so, K-12 educators say school buildings will have fewer health protections for students […]