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The new school culture in Florida: Armed officers at every elementary school

BY: - July 6, 2018

Gay Valimont’s son attended kindergarten at a Panhandle elementary school last year, and he’ll be in first grade at the same school this coming school year. But his school won’t be the same.  Sooner or later, a “safe-school” officer, armed with a gun, will be stationed at the Santa Rosa county school, said Valimont, a […]

A “slap at teachers”

BY: - July 5, 2018

The Florida Education Association, local teacher unions and educators filed a lawsuit this week, hoping to block a new law that critics say violates the state Constitution and looks a lot like union busting. The lawsuit filed in Leon County Circuit Court stems from a July 1 law that could ultimately revoke a teacher union’s […]

Financial Help for South Florida School Shooting Survivors

BY: - July 5, 2018

The families of the 17 victims killed on Valentine’s Day at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland will soon receive $400,000 in contributions raised through a GoFundMe campaign by the Broward Education Foundation’s steering committee. The steering committee was led by former U.S. Senator George LeMieux. Nearly 450 students who were inside the building […]

Eastpoint wildfire victims file for state aid as relief efforts continue

BY: - July 5, 2018

Residents in the wildlife-ravaged town of Eastpoint, south of Tallahassee, have filed 89 claims with the state for aid in emergency living expenses –  for up to $5,000 per household. A controlled burn by a state forestry management contractor went out of bounds two weeks ago, racing over 800 acres and destroying a big chunk […]

State Clemency Official to Black Applicant: How Many Kids Do You Have? By How Many Different Mothers?

BY: - July 5, 2018

About 1.7 million people in Florida cannot vote. Amendment 4 on the November ballot might change that. Erwin Jones, an African-American man, was standing before the governor and Cabinet on June 14 when Florida’s Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis asked him how many children he had and “how many different mothers to those children?” Jones […]

What does it take to pass Florida’s Algebra 1 exam? A startlingly low score

BY: - July 5, 2018

For tens of thousands of public high school students, Florida’s crucial statewide Algebra 1 exam is a pathway – or a roadblock — to graduation. If they want to get their high school diplomas, kids have to pass the test. But the public may not realize that the threshold to pass is startlingly low, state […]

Planned Parenthood opens new clinic in Florida’s state capital

BY: - July 5, 2018

The facility isn’t easy to find, and you won’t see signs on the building that have anything to do with reproductive services or really anything about health care at all. It’s intentionally nondescript, with the entrance turned away from the street for safety reasons. There’s a vestibule made from bulletproof glass. The building in Tallahassee […]

America’s offshore oil lobby is circling like sharks

BY: - July 5, 2018

In the Crazy Town political atmosphere we now inhabit, you can get whiplash trying to follow the bouncing slime balls. Or, in this case, tar balls. Because when it comes to bizarre politics, look no further than the Florida coast and the prospect of oil rigs offshore. The latest drama started at the first of […]

Reptilian magnetism!

BY: - July 5, 2018

For years, scientists have told us that Florida’s female sea turtles faithfully return to nest on the beach where they were born. Now it turns out there’s more to the story. Like many other migrating creatures,  sea turtles may have a type of physiological magnetism that acts as a geographic homing device – called geomagnetic […]