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DeSantis goes easy on lawmakers with his first budget vetoes

BY: - June 21, 2019

Vetoing $131 million in spending, Gov. Ron DeSantis signed his first state budget on Friday, trimming the Legislature’s spending plan to just under $91 billion. The budget, which takes effect July 1, will boost school spending by $242 per student in the 2019-20 academic year. It includes more than $625 million in environmental initiatives, including […]

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Have two decades of education reform been a success or a disaster in FL?

BY: - June 20, 2019

Twenty years ago, then-Gov. Jeb Bush signed a law that launched Florida’s A+ education plan, a reform package that included giving A through F grades to Florida’s public schools. The nonprofit Foundation for Florida’s Future, founded by Bush, is now celebrating two decades of the reforms, posting accolades in a series of blogs from top […]

Florida public school officials are still allowed to paddle little kids and teens

BY: - June 20, 2019

State Sen. Annette Taddeo stood before colleagues this spring looking for support to ban corporal punishment at school – a form of discipline, usually paddling, that’s considered a vestige of the past in many states. “In 2019, can you believe that the state of Florida still authorizes public schools to discipline our students using corporal […]

Getting that FL Bright Futures scholarship just got a little harder

BY: - June 19, 2019

The future may be a little less bright for minority students seeking to qualify for Bright Futures merit scholarships to pay for their tuition and fees at state colleges and universities. Gov. Ron DeSantis on Tuesday signed a bill (SB 190) into law that will raise qualifying test scores for high school students graduating in […]

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Virtual Alexa is moving into the college admissions world

BY: - June 19, 2019

For kids navigating the college admissions process, don’t worry about parents, test prep coordinators and guidance counselors: a robot has your back. The virtual computerized personal assistant with a female voice used by Amazon devices – the Alexa you hear on TV commercials – is moving into the college admissions world, courtesy of testing giant […]


Gov. DeSantis okay with substituting computer science over traditional math and science classes required for graduation

BY: - June 17, 2019

Gov. Ron DeSantis on Monday touted key computer science initiatives and said he’d soon sign legislation related to computer science education – though the bill includes other issues that may or may not be popular with students, families and math and science teachers. The 65-page bill, sent to the governor on Friday for review, includes […]

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School voucher lawsuit looms, testing the constitutionality of church and state

BY: - June 14, 2019

A lawsuit over Florida’s controversial new school voucher program is now inevitable, with legal staff and advocacy groups already identifying people who could be plaintiffs in a case that is expected to go to the Florida Supreme Court. Not everything is in place yet, but “there is going to be a (legal) challenge,” said Tallahassee […]

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FL state budget now in DeSantis’ hands; he promises some vetoes

BY: - June 14, 2019

The Legislature sent Gov. Ron DeSantis its $91.1 billion state budget Friday for the fiscal year beginning July 1. He has until June 29 to sign the spending plan into law, although his staff has already been reviewing the document. DeSantis has said he plans to sign it next week. The governor has guaranteed he’ll […]

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Lawmakers spend on pet projects instead of lead problems in schools; Sen. Cruz resorts to private fundraising

BY: - June 13, 2019

This spring in the state capital, State Sen. Janet Cruz of Tampa pushed legislation to install filters in drinking fountains at older schools – a way to protect schoolchildren from the dangers of lead in school water supplies — but the effort fizzled as lawmakers favored other priorities. Cruz, a Democrat, is now launching her […]

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A big challenge for FL public schools: Thousands of kids are chronically absent

BY: - June 10, 2019

Most families and taxpayers assume that Florida’s kids go to class for the typical 180 days of the school year, with a few days off because of sickness or family events. In fact, a troubling number of Florida students don’t go to school every day, and they’re considered chronically absent — a problem that can […]

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Yet another national report ranks FL among worst in U.S. for K-12 education spending

BY: - June 7, 2019

Florida remained in the back of the classroom with a “F” in a new report highlighting school finances across the nation. Florida’s flunking grade resulted in a ranking of 45th out of all the states in terms of spending on its kindergarten-through-high school system, according to Education Week, a national, nonpartisan publication. The national average […]

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What’s next in the education world? “Adjunct teachers” on the rise in Florida’s K-12 classrooms

BY: - June 6, 2019

If you’re a current or former college student, you’ve probably been taught at one time or another by an “adjunct” teacher rather than a full-time traditional professor. The status of adjunct teachers – often low-paid, part-time and not tenured – has been controversial in the higher education sector. But students, families and taxpayers may not […]