The Florida Book Awards has announced winners for books published in 2021

Strozier Library at Florida State University – Florida Book Awards — Courtesy: Shutterstock — Bryan Pollard With its 16th annual competition now finished, the 2021 Florida Book Awards winners have been announced. More than 130 eligible publications were submitted across the 11 categories in the competition.  Coordinated by the Florida State University Libraries, the Florida

Lawmakers pushing Florida high school diplomas to require financial literacy

Financial Literacy — Courtesy: Shutterstock — Monthira Florida lawmakers are considering making a financial literacy course a requirement for high school graduation as more states look to improve the younger generation’s understanding of how to manage their personal finances. A bipartisan bill making its way through the Florida House of Representatives would require high school

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

University of Florida: Gators’ football coach fired

University of Florida Gators — Courtesy: Shutterstock — Gregory Reed Dan Mullen was fired as the Florida Gators football coach on Sunday. Scott Stricklin, Florida athletic director said he woke up on Sunday morning only on a few hours of sleep after returning from the team’s 24-23 overtime loss at Missouri, positive that changes were

UM vs. FSU: Seminoles snap Hurricanes’ four-game win streak

Doak Campbell Stadium, Home of the FSU Seminoles — Courtesy: Shutterstock — Ruth Peterkin In a game reminiscent of Florida State-Miami battles from back in the day, the Seminoles managed to turn the game around—after Miami had already done so—and score a touchdown with only 26 seconds left, defeating the Miami Hurricanes 31-28 at Doak

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

Miami-Dade schools’ mask mandate could be relaxed by end of the month

Superintendent Alberto Carvalho – Mask Mandate – Courtesy: Getty Images Miami-Dade County Public Schools could ease the mask mandate by the end of the month according to Superintendent Alberto Carvalho. On Wednesday, Carvalho stated that local rates of COVID-19 hospitalizations and infections have declined significantly since the start of the 2021-2022 academic school year, as

Florida is short more than 5,000 teachers — A combination of the pandemic and low pay are to blame

School Teachers – Courtesy: Shutterstock – Image by Drazen Zigic The Florida teacher shortage has worsened since the beginning of the new school year, with teacher vacancies surging to more than 5,000 according to data collected from the Florida Education Association. According to FEA President Adam Spar, there are also 4,000 openings for other school

Florida misses deadline to receive $2.3 billion in federal aid

U.S. Department of Education – Federal Aid – Courtesy: Shutterstock – Image by Evgenia Parajanian Several Florida school districts are not happy and speaking up. According to a letter sent to the state Monday, Florida is the last state to submit its plans to the U.S. Department of Education that is required before more than

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.