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School gardens and nutrition education: Grants for FL schools to expand access to local produce

BY: - July 15, 2021

Kids in Tampa will soon grow produce in a local garden, to distribute to their communities. Others will learn how to make healthy snacks at their local YMCA. Miami-Dade kids could soon serve as “community ambassadors” and lead workshops promoting the benefits of eating fresh produce. And up in Northeast Florida, Putnam County schools will […]

Where the lines are drawn: New state rule could threaten FL teachers’ academic freedom in history, civics

BY: - June 21, 2021

Nowadays, 7th grade civics teacher Robin Porter is not sure where the lines are drawn when it comes to teaching the past and the present. What is forbidden and what isn’t? Academic freedom has been a cornerstone in Florida classrooms, but a new rule imposed recently by the State Board of Education limits what materials […]

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Amid final stretch of 2020-21 school year, districts may change mask protocols after new CDC guidance

BY: - May 14, 2021

Florida school districts are reconsidering mask protocols following an update this week from federal health officials saying residents fully vaccinated for COVID no longer have to wear masks in most indoor and outdoor settings. School administrators are reviewing the details and some are considering whether to lift mask mandates just weeks before the final days of […]

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Almost 2,200 K-12 students tested positive for COVID-19 last week in FL schools as Thanksgiving gatherings approach

BY: - November 25, 2020

There were 3,655 new COVID-19 cases related to Florida public and private K-12 schools, colleges, and universities during the week of Nov. 15 through Nov. 21, according to state data. Given what we know about the ease of COVID transmission, there’s a not unreasonable chance that those kids could share the virus during with family […]

Nearly 1,500 new COVID-19 cases related to schools last week; Miami-Dade kids returning to classrooms

BY: - October 7, 2020

The state reported nearly 1,500 more COVID-19 cases in a week’s time related to Florida’s public and private schools. That additional data creates a total of more than 6,000 school-related infections since early September. In an update of data from the Florida Department of Health, Floridians now have a better picture of how COVID-19 is […]

Cyberattacks give Miami-Dade public schools a rough start to the new academic year

BY: - September 2, 2020

Miami-Dade County Public Schools — the largest school district in Florida — is struggling with cyberattacks on its online learning platform, causing additional stress for thousands of students and families in the first few days of the new school year. The school system is one of the few districts with permission from the Florida Department […]

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Florida reveals how much each public school spends per student — and there are stark differences

BY: - August 16, 2019

In the Little Haiti neighborhood, Miami Edison Senior High School spends $12,348 per pupil on its mostly low-income black students. Three miles away, Miami Jackson Senior High School spends $8,578 at the majority Hispanic school, which has a larger enrollment and more students who are poor. The difference in spending at the two Miami schools […]

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The public may not know the extent to which FL schools are restraining and secluding students

BY: - June 27, 2019

While it’s considered rare, public schools in Florida and across the nation are still restraining and secluding students as punishment. Restricting a student means the child can’t freely move his or her torso, arms, legs, or head. Seclusion means “involuntarily confining a student alone in a room or area from which the student is physically […]