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FL and other states are set to rake in new gambling revenue; who will benefit?

BY: - July 20, 2021

The American king and queen of gambling destinations are Las Vegas and Atlantic City, which rake in nearly $10 billion a year in gross gaming revenue, according to the American Gaming Association. But gambling wealth does not necessarily translate into prosperity for all. Gambling activities and public education funding are often linked — an ideal […]

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A difference of $50 million for teacher pay raises? FL House and Senate disagree on the numbers

BY: - April 23, 2021

How much more should be spent to increase the starting salaries of Florida teachers — an initiative pushed by Gov. Ron DeSantis? There’s no agreement yet, as House and Senate budget negotiators try to finish the state budget for 2021-22 in the waning days of the legislative session. While both chambers proposed keeping the starting […]

‘Good Riddance’ — Nationwide teacher unions say farewell to U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos

BY: - January 8, 2021

U.S. Secretary of Education for the Trump administration Betsy DeVos has submitted her resignation letter following the riot by extremist Trump supporters at the U.S. Capitol building, roughly two weeks before the end of Donald Trump’s term. Two nationwide teacher unions are happy to see DeVos out the door. Randi Weingarten, president of the American […]

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Biden’s Secretary of Education has yet to be announced. Who is still in the running?

BY: - November 19, 2020

A list of contenders to replace U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos has been growing, from teacher union officials to urban school superintendents and other possible picks. Some names have been floating for awhile, but others are now in consideration, with many public school educators looking forward to the day when DeVos goes out the door. […]

Teacher unions, educators look to replace controversial U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos

BY: - November 9, 2020

With President-elect Joe Biden on his way into the White House, teacher unions and educators are eager to see U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos go out the door. DeVos has been a contentious figure in the Trump Administration and has been widely criticized for lack of experience in the position, among other criticisms. During […]

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Not every district can deliver the promise of $47,500 salaries for starting teachers this year

BY: - June 26, 2020

Gov. Ron DeSantis has lauded a half-billion-dollar initiative to bring beginning teacher salaries to $47,500 and boost pay for experienced teachers. But the reality is that not every district will be able to deliver the promise of salaries of $47,500 to starting teachers this year or even the next. The initiative has few details, educators […]

House Democrats call for more federal aid for public education

BY: - June 16, 2020

WASHINGTON — Congressional Democrats have called for more federal aid for education as the nation’s schools prepare to reopen this fall. “Unless the federal government provides immediate relief, it won’t be a matter of whether education funding will be cut, but how deep the cuts will be,” said U.S. Rep. Bobby Scott, chair of the […]

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The challenges of opening school in the fall — in Florida and other states

BY: - May 15, 2020

Teachers, administrators and families want to get kids back in the classroom when it’s safe, but shortages of custodians, bus drivers, and personal protective equipment concern educators as the coronavirus pandemic continues. As Florida’s State Board of Education begins to set goals for reopening schools, the National Education Association (NEA) and the National Parent Teacher […]

Is it okay for FL public school teachers to work 3 or 4 jobs? Ask Republican State Sen. Dennis Baxley

BY: - February 3, 2020

What was State Sen. Dennis Baxley trying to say last week, when key senators were discussing raises for Florida public school teachers who earn low salaries compared to most states. Baxley, a Republican who represents Sumter and parts of Lake and Marion Counties, has a net worth of more than $3-million, according to the most […]

Oops. FL Education Commissioner Corcoran jokes that “nobody wants to teach in New Jersey,” and tough NJ sets the record straight

BY: - November 27, 2019

Gov. Ron DeSantis and Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran spoke recently at a news conference about pushing starting salaries for public school teachers to $47,500. If the Legislature approves, Florida would have the second highest average starting teacher salary of all states. But New Jersey’s starting salaries would be the highest. That’s when Corcoran made a […]

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Embarrassingly low teacher pay in FL has sparked a face-off between the governor and teacher unions

BY: - October 30, 2019

Teacher union officials are irked following comments made by Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis, who discussed teacher pay and party politics on Tuesday. And a face-off between the governor and the unions isn’t going to go away soon, with millions of dollars at stake in bolstering salaries for public school teachers in 2020. Here’s what happened: […]

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Gov. DeSantis focuses on boosting starting teacher pay; dismisses across-the-board raises as politically motivated

BY: - October 29, 2019

Gov. Ron DeSantis said he hopes the 2020 legislative session, which begins in January, will open a “year of the teacher” in Florida, centered on his proposal to raise first-year teacher pay to $47,500 per year. That would be one of the highest figures in the country for starting pay, national data show. But DeSantis […]