Florida education Association

COMMENTARY

This Labor Day, let’s renew our commitment to students, educators and public schools

BY: - September 6, 2021

Our country was founded on the premise that in order to protect our democracy, we need an educated electorate. It was our Founding Fathers who established the basis of public schools — an American idea. Today, millions of educators nationwide continue this mission, even in the middle of a pandemic, ensuring that every child in […]

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Statewide teacher union uses data, news reports to chronicle school-related COVID deaths and more

BY: - August 25, 2021

As the second school year of COVID-19 continues, Florida’s statewide teacher union is chronicling  deaths, classroom closures, the number of students and staff testing positive and other data that provides a grim yet still incomplete look at how the pandemic is impacting schools. The Florida Education Association has updated its  “Safe Schools Report” for the […]

School closures reported in five FL counties; districts ‘drowning’ in COVID

BY: - August 20, 2021

Florida school districts caught off guard by a whole new COVID pandemic that erupted just as schools were reopening are scrambling to chase down infections and exposures on campus without the resources they need for testing and contact tracing. One Florida school superintendent described it this week as “drowning.” One school each in Charlotte and […]

FL Dept of Ed late on sending plan for COVID recovery; $2.3B stuck with feds

BY: - August 18, 2021

The Florida Department of Education is more than three months late in submitting a state plan to the U.S. Department of Education that would release more than $2.3 billion dollars in COVID-19 relief funds intended for Florida schools. The omission leaves billions off the table that could be used to alleviate the pandemic’s damage to […]

Nikki Fried: White House has Florida’s back against DeSantis’ schools masks policies

BY: - August 11, 2021

Florida Agriculture and Consumer Affairs Commissioner Nikki Fried vowed Wednesday to leverage her relationship with the White House to protect local school districts facing punishment for going against Gov. Ron DeSantis’ ban on mask mandates for children. Fried, the only statewide-elected Democrat and 2022 gubernatorial candidate, criticized DeSantis during a news conference for threatening to […]

DeSantis policy on masks for schoolchildren: Is it even legal?

BY: - August 9, 2021

The Florida Constitution seems to make clear who runs local schools: “The school board shall operate, control, and supervise all free public schools within the school district and determine the rate of school district taxes within the limits prescribed herein.” However, Florida’s new Parents’ Bill of Rights, signed into law by Gov. Ron DeSantis this […]

DeSantis responds to CDC’s change of mind on masks with mockery

BY: - August 2, 2021

Faced with a record spike in COVID infections, caused by the highly contagious Delta variant, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Gov. Ron DeSantis have settled on markedly divergent reactions. The federal public health authorities bit the bullet and reversed course, countermanding their earlier advice that vaccinated people need not wear face […]

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 — […]

Florida needs more science teachers: Education agency shows shortfalls in three major science subjects

BY: - July 13, 2021

School districts may struggle to find science teachers in the upcoming year, a Department of Education report shows. Three different science fields for K-12 education have been identified as areas of “critical teacher shortage” for the 2021-22 school year, the report says. That means Florida is in critical need of general science teachers, physical science […]

School choice and vouchers: Should some FL middle class families attend private schools on public dollars?

BY: - May 11, 2021

The traditional justification for using public tax dollars to finance school vouchers is that struggling families shouldn’t be locked into substandard public schools just because they can’t afford tuition at presumably better private schools. Should that privilege extend to solidly middle class families? The Florida Legislature answered yes during its recently concluded regular session. It […]

The scholarship called Bright Futures, a crucial way to pay for college in FL, is still at risk for ripping off kids

BY: - April 13, 2021

For Florida families, planning for college begins long before a senior in high school submits his or her first application, and students and parents depend on a scholarship called Bright Futures to help finance the cost of college. That scholarship program is based on academic success during high school — the better the academic achievement, […]

Despite a state goal, most FL school districts haven’t reached the mark of $47,500 teacher starting pay

BY: - March 24, 2021

At the far end of the Florida Panhandle, the Escambia County School District recently finished negotiations with their teacher union over salaries. Gov. Ron DeSantis last year had signed a half-billion-dollar initiative with the goal of increasing starting salaries to at least $47,500 for Florida teachers. But Escambia Education Association President Darzell Warren knew not […]