High COVID-19 cases call for universal masking in Florida schools

Ready to go to School – Courtesy: Shutterstock – Image by Volurol Districts are sticking with their plans to return to in-person learning, but some school mask rules may be subject to change.  In the last week, the state of Florida has reported more than 73,000 COVID-19 infections. This is the highest number of cases

$44 million improvement grant to Florida’s lowest-performing schools

Education, Elementary School – Courtesy: Shutterstock – Image by Syda Productions JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Governor Ron DeSantis announced on Wednesday that Florida’s Department of Education is granting $44 million to support 149 struggling Florida public schools. The money will be given as federal Unified School Improvement Grant funds. These funds will support initiatives for Florida’s

As statewide testing looms around the corner in Florida, superintendents are asking to limit test result implications

Courtesy: Shutterstock – Image by PPstudio In late October 2020, Florida Insider covered the topic of “high-stakes” testing for college admissions and how it was affecting students at the high school level for future applications. Now, as the final stretch of the 2020-2021 school year turns the corner, standardized testing for all grade schools begins

Miami-Dade County resumes in-class learning, Broward soon to follow

Courtesy: Alberto M. Carvalho — Twitter: @MiamiSup visiting Andrea Castillo Preparatory Academy Miami-Dade County officially welcomed its first batch of students to the 2020-2021 school year Monday, Oct. 5. An estimated 22,000 students from Pre-K through first grade and ESE (Exceptional Student Education) returned to the traditional in-person learning format for the first time since

Florida Teachers Union Sues to Stop Reopening Schools in the Fall

Image by Holly Dornak from Pixabay  The Florida Education Association (FEA) has filed a lawsuit against the state of Florida and Governor Ron DeSantis, suing to delay the reopening of schools and to not allow in-person classroom teaching in the fall. The state issued an emergency order on July 6 to reopen public schools for

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

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

Florida Public School Students Now Required To Take Mental Health Classes

Public school students across the state will soon be taking mental health courses as part of a new requirement that Florida’s education leader is calling a “life saver.”