Education Commissioner Orders Florida Schools to Reopen in August

On Monday, June 6, Florida education commissioner Richard Corcoran issued an emergency order aimed at reopening schools in the fall. The Commissioner ordered public schools to reopen in August and offer “the full panoply of services” to students and families. The order stipulates that parents have the option of either sending their children back to

New Florida Laws That Go into Effect as of July 2020 (Part 2)

Governor Ron DeSantis has signed a bill into law that will allow Florida college athletes to make money from their name, image and likeness on June 12, 2020 in Miami, Florida, USA. Photo: Yes Market Media/Shutterstock.com House Bill 7067 – School Choice The “School Choice” bill modifies provisions in the Family Empowerment Scholarship (FES), the

Governor DeSantis Approves Pay Increase for Teachers in Florida

Image by emmaws4s from Pixabay  Governor Ron DeSantis on Wednesday, June 24 signed a bill making teacher pay increases official. The bill has been a long time coming as teachers in Florida have fought for legislation to increase the minimum wage for themselves. Despite the budget vetoes DeSantis is faced up against because of the

Florida Bright Futures Eases Requirements for Students Due to Coronavirus

As part of the effort to ease some of the restrictions put in place because of COVID-19, the Department of Education in Florida has decided to go easy on recipients of Florida’s Bright Futures Scholarship Program. The requirement to complete volunteer service hours will be temporarily suspended. Also, a deadline to earn qualifying standardized test

Governor Ron DeSantis Looks to “Fully Reopen” Florida’s Schools

Image by Ernie A. Stephens from Pixabay  Governor Ron DeSantis has called for the reopening of Florida’s K-12 schools at “full capacity” in the fall. The Florida governor made the announcement on Thursday, June 11. DeSantis announced state recommendations for a return to on-campus instruction in the upcoming school year. In his announcement, DeSantis also

Florida International University to Build New Pedestrian Bridge Two Years After Fatal Collapse

National Transportation Safety Board inspectors stand along a section of the FIU bridge on March 16, 2018, the day after it collapsed. The NTSB faulted all parties involved in the project for failing to exercise due diligence in addressing “abnormal” cracks. Photo and Caption: Charles Trainor, Jr./www.miamiherald.com Florida International University (FIU), the largest research university

Florida High School Seniors to Graduate Virtually AND Attend In-Person Ceremonies After Stay-at Home Orders Expire

Students in the Little Miami High School Class of 2019 on Sunday, May 19, 2019. Photo: www.littlemiamischools.com/ High school graduation is more than an end-of-the-year tradition in American high schools. It’s a right of passage in a way. To be able to go to a large venue in a cap and gown to celebrate four

Teachers Union Asks Florida Governor Ron DeSantis to Keep Schools Closed Due to COVID-19 Outbreak

An empty school classroom. Photo: Monkey Business Images/Shutterstock.com A teachers union on Tuesday, April 14 called on Florida Governor Ron DeSantis to keep schools closed for the remainder of the school year. The Florida Education Association wants schools closed because the COVID-19 outbreak “presents a threat we cannot control.” Fedrick Ingram, president of the Florida

Online Classes in Florida Schools to be Offered this Summer Due to COVID-19 Pandemic

A student uses a laptop to study at school in Tampa, Florida, USA on February 6, 2019. Photo: Artsy Shot Photography/Shutterstock.com Distance learning is going to be a reality for the foreseeable future thanks to the growing concern of the spread of the coronavirus.  Schools in Florida are taking (and have taken) steps to make

South Florida Students Return to School Following Coronavirus Scare

Photo Credit: Lightspring/Shutterstock.com Thirty students and three teachers from a Palm Beach Gardens day school are back on campus after being confined to their homes for five days. The Benjamin School allowed the students and staff to return to their respective classrooms. The scare came after a student from China showed signs and symptoms of