2021-22 academic year

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FL students now have 1 to 2 minutes of silence to start their day — but will it make a difference?

BY: - September 8, 2021

Astatula Elementary School in Central Florida’s Lake County already had a daily moment of silence in place long before a new law demanded it. Prior to the current school year, Astatula students would stand for the daily Pledge of Allegiance, and remain standing for another 10 to 15 seconds for a moment of silence. But […]

At least 14 FL school districts closed in preparation for Tropical Storm Fred

BY: - August 16, 2021

Update: The Jefferson County school district was open Monday morning but closed at 12:30 p.m. due to weather, according to the Office of Emergency Management for the county. That brought the total county closures to 15. Just a week into the new academic school year, several Florida school districts decided to call off classes Monday […]

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Showdown over school masks: Broward school board stands firm; DOE calls emergency meeting Tuesday

BY: - August 13, 2021

Broward County School Board Chair Rosalind Osgood believes that “the lives of the people in Broward county are invaluable,” and that’s why the board is standing firm on maintaining a mask mandate for the start of the school year, going against the DeSantis administration. Her comments come as Broward and another district, Alachua, are now […]

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Some families are already looking to leave their current public schools due to “COVID Harassment”

BY: - August 12, 2021

Some families in Alachua County’s public school district are already pursuing taxpayer-funded scholarships to transfer their kids to private schools because of  “COVID harassment.”  They could also transfer their children to public schools within the same district or to another district if there’s room. That’s allowed under a new rule that expands who can apply […]

Comments on DeSantis’s Facebook page reveal a microcosm of discourse in FL

BY: - August 11, 2021

Gov. Ron DeSantis held a fairly standard press conference Wednesday to kick off the new school year, streaming the event onto his Facebook page. But the comments section came alive with political conversations from Floridians and others. Those comments provided a wide-ranging sampling of opinions about the governor, his handling of the pandemic,  and the […]

The feds earmarked $15 billion for FL schools to help kids in the pandemic, but it’s largely an unused stockpile

BY: - July 26, 2021

By the spring of 2020, reality was setting in that the COVID-19 pandemic would stick around for quite some time, and Florida’s school districts were confronting an unknown education world. Districts started talks about the next school year, considering mask mandates, staggered classroom schedules and other measures to bring struggling students up to par — […]

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Many FL schools already ditched mask policies as CDC updates COVID guidance; but is it the right decision?

BY: - July 9, 2021

Fully COVID-19 vaccinated teachers, students and staff would not need to wear masks this fall, the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in a Friday mask update for K-12 schools. But “masks should be worn indoors by all individuals (age 2 and older) who are not fully vaccinated,” according to the CDC. That […]

Parents could request to hold their young student back a grade for next school year, but time may be an issue

BY: - June 29, 2021

Parents of elementary-aged students may be able to hold their children back a grade due to academic concerns for the upcoming 2021-22 school year, as families continue to think about the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact. Gov. Ron DeSantis still must approve the measure and sign it into law. But one of the issues is […]

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COVID’s sad milestone: More than 100,000 cases related to FL public and private K-12 schools since September

BY: - May 3, 2021

With the 2020-21 academic year nearly over, the state reached a troubling COVID milestone on the education front: More than 100,000 COVID-19 cases emerged in Florida’s public and private K-12 school system from early September to mid-April. To be exact, a Phoenix analysis of the most recent Department of Health data show at least 106,649 […]

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From migrant families to dropouts: Thousands of K-12 kids go ‘missing,’ leading to truancy issues and a state budget mess

BY: - March 2, 2021

School districts across Florida are looking high and low for tens of thousands of students who apparently did not enroll in a public school this year, raising questions about truancy laws and a state budget mess. The Florida Department of Education knows a few reasons why kids haven’t been in class during the COVID-19 pandemic, […]