Education

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Miami Dade College adjunct professors go union

BY: - March 28, 2019

Adjunct professors at Miami Dade College this week became the latest group to vote to form a union with the Service Employees International Union (SEIU). With approximately 2,800 professors eligible to vote, the school is now the largest adjunct union in Florida, and the largest single-school adjunct collective bargaining unit in the country. It was […]

Constitution

Lawmakers cite “foreign entities” as reason they are pushing to restrict citizen-led FL Constitutional amendments

BY: - March 28, 2019

Invoking concerns about “foreign entities” interfering in Florida elections, a GOP-controlled committee in the House of Representatives has voted along party lines for a far-reaching proposal that would make it much more difficult for citizens to get constitutional amendments on the ballot next year. The measure, introduced less than 48 hours ago in the middle […]

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Pastors in FL differ on views on vouchers, with a new group supporting public schools

BY: - March 27, 2019

While Catholic and Christian schools have benefited from Florida’s voucher programs, a new statewide group of pastors is pushing back against vouchers that allow students to attend private schools with public money. Instead, the new organization called Pastors for Florida Children will be advocating for the millions of students in Florida’s traditional public schools. The […]

FL civil rights leader statue will replace Confederate general statue

BY: - March 25, 2019

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis will soon sign a letter to federal authorities requesting that they approve Florida’s plan to replace a statue of Confederate General Edmund Kirby Smith in the nation’s Statuary Hall collection with a new statue of civil rights leader and educator Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune. That’s according to U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor, […]

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State praises performance of FL charter schools vs. traditional schools — but is the analysis fair?

BY: - March 25, 2019

FL’s charter schools for the most part perform better than traditional public schools when it comes to test scores on state exams, according to a Florida Department of Education report released Monday. But the analysis also shows that traditional public schools have higher percentages of students in poverty. Why is that important? Poverty – meaning […]

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Fledgling voucher program for bullied kids is off to a slow and confusing start

BY: - March 25, 2019

Jessica Gonzalez, a mom from Clermont in Lake County, stood before the House Education Committee last month to share an agonizing story about girls bullying and harassing her daughter at public school and how to stop it. She didn’t think the school fixed the problem, and she wasn’t made aware of a solution: The Hope […]

State Capitol

It may seem like Monopoly money, but Florida’s state budget is a serious exercise

BY: - March 22, 2019

As the Florida House and Senate prepare to pass their initial state budget plans, there turns out to be a surprise big spender. It’s Gov. Ron DeSantis, the state’s rookie chief executive. DeSantis is backing a $91.3 billion budget for the 2019-20 fiscal year, which begins July 1. That’s roughly $1 billion higher than the […]

Nik Harris

An LGBTQ consumer advocate for Florida

BY: - March 22, 2019

Florida has its first ever LGBTQ consumer advocate. State Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried appointed Shenika “Nik” Harris to the newly created position in her agency. Harris, an attorney who spent more than a decade with the state Department of Transportation, will serve as a liaison to the LGBTQ community. She will also raise awareness of […]

Constitution

A suspended school superintendent vs. the new governor in a FL Supreme Court case. Who will win?

BY: - March 21, 2019

A suspended Panhandle school superintendent is facing off with Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis in a legal clash that involves Constitutional questions, different branches of government and the governor’s authority to suspend an elected public officer. It’s the kind of case that DeSantis – a Harvard-trained lawyer who references the U.S. Constitution, Founding Fathers, and civics […]

COMMENTARY

The Florida book banners are back

BY: - March 20, 2019

Ignorance marches on in Florida, meeting with little or no resistance from your state legislature. They’re thinking of banning books again. A bill birthed in the febrile minds of an outfit called the Florida Citizens Alliance, HB855/SB1454 would allow parents to insist school districts protect innocent tykes from the knowledge that anthropogenic climate change is […]

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State reduces hefty fees for teacher exams; educators praise the move

BY: - March 19, 2019

Though hundreds of would-be and new teachers have been failing state-required exams, there’s at least some consolation: The State Board of Education just reduced some of the steep exam fees that have prompted complaints from educators. Fees to retake the state’s General Knowledge Test are dropping across the board. The four-section exam covers math, writing, […]

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FL may create a “state disqualification list” for disciplined educators

BY: - March 18, 2019

State lawmakers are pushing to require a “state disqualification list” of educators involved in serious disciplinary actions such as a revoked license. The Department of Education would maintain the list of names, allowing school officials to have an additional screening tool to vet applicants during the hiring process, according to legislation proposed in the state […]