As Florida navigates new book law, Sarasota declines dictionary donations

Sarasota County Declining Book Donations – Image Shows Library Books in Bookshelves – Courtesy: Shutterstock – Image by Maxx-Studio A school district located in southwestern Florida has hit headlines for declining a donation of dictionaries because of a freeze on new books in its classrooms and libraries. That freeze is temporarily in place while officials

Regardless of recent budget surplus, Florida teachers are among the worst paid in the U.S.

Education School Teachers Teaching — Courtesy: Shutterstock — rawpixel.com TAMPA. Fl. — In a Florida political season dominated by educational arguments over everything from sexual orientation to policy and curriculum, Florida’s teacher’s union, the Florida Education Association, says teachers in the Sunshine State are still close to the bottom of the barrel for salaries. The

Thousands of teachers & students absent amid Omicron surge

FL schools dealing with Omicron outbreak — Courtesy: Shutterstock — FamVeld Schools in Florida are reporting loads of absences among students and teachers this week, a sign that the highly transmissible Omicron variant is already interrupting the new semester. With COVID-19 cases skyrocketing throughout the Sunshine State, Gov. Ron DeSantis has pledged to keep schools

Florida’s largest school districts ease up on masks

Running at School – Face Mask: Shutterstock — Monkey Business Images ORLANDO, Fla. — Two of Florida’s largest school districts are easing up on mask requirements this week. Beginning Monday, Orange County students will not be required to wear a face mask if their parents provide a note opting them out. High school students in

The latest Florida bar exam results are in!

Law Studies — Courtesy: Image by Iñaki del Olmo from Unsplash For the second year in a row, less than half of those who dared to take Florida’s online-only bar exam can now move forward on their journey to become attorneys, according to the released results on Monday by the Florida Board of Bar Examiners.

Concerns for Miami Hurricanes O-line heading into Alabama. Miami reinstating Avantae Williams and revealing new-look uniforms ahead of season opener

University of Miami Hurricanes – Courtesy: Shutterstock – Image by RyanTaylor The Miami Hurricanes will face the start of their season in a little more than a week in Atlanta, and one major concern is starting to arise as they try to beat the top-ranked Alabama Crimson Tide led by D’Eriq King. King led a

As COVID concerns continue to grow in South Florida, two universities are requiring faculty and staff to get the vaccine

Donna E. Shalala Student Center University of Miami Campus – Courtesy: Shutterstock – Image by YES Market Media Nova Southeastern University has now joined the University of Miami in requiring both faculty and staff to get the COVID-19 vaccine. NSU is requiring all faculty and staff, full and part-time, adjunct faculty, and temporary employees to

Florida’s back-to-school sales tax holiday begins this Saturday: Find out how you can save

Little Girl Choosing School Supplies – Courtesy: Shutterstock – Image by New Africa The 2020-2021 school year was strange enough as is, but as officials juggle what to do about the new COVID-19 surges, parents are preparing themselves for back-to-school shopping. Florida parents shopping for back-to-school supplies can save big when the state’s 10-day tax

Broward County School Board approves $750K Severance Deal for soon to be Ex-Superintendent Robert Runcie

Courtesy: Al Diaz/Miami Herald Florida’s second-largest school district has reached an agreement to send off county superintendent Robert Runcie with a handsome payday if his perjury charge is successfully fought off in court. On Wednesday, April 21, Runcie was arrested on a charge of perjury along with another Broward County board member and the county’s

Florida notches top spot in U.S. News Report Best States in 2021

“Welcome to Florida” sign (The Sunshine State) Courtesy: Shutterstock – Image by Ingo70 U.S. News & World Report recently released its comprehensive 2021 rankings for the Best States in 2021, keeping in mind how states are adjusting to life during a pandemic and how its residents have managed during these tough times.  As most Floridians