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

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

Future Florida College students could lose out on financial aid with new bill

Florida International University – Courtesy: Shutterstock – Image by Felix Mizioznikov A new piece of legislation was filed by Sen. Dennis Baxley (R-Ocala) earlier this week that would make major changes to state financial aid apportionments to college students. Senate bill SB 86 would require grants to be reevaluated on a semester-to-semester basis and control

‘Parents Need to Know’ Legislation proposed by Florida Lawmakers—Remembering Marjory Stoneman Douglas tragedy

Courtesy: Shutterstock – Image by Humberto Vidal February 14 is traditionally a day marked by love between significant others, family, and friends. But for Floridians, especially those in the Broward County community of Parkland, Valentine’s Day will never be quite the same. This Valentine’s Day marked the third anniversary of the infamous Marjory Stoneman Douglas

Central Florida time capsule buried in 1995 gets opened 25 years later—here were its predictions for 2020

Orange County Courthouse capsule in 1995 Courtesy: Orlando Sentinel A time capsule buried at an Orange County Courthouse in 1995 was opened yesterday, Feb 2— 25 years later, and in it came some predictions for 2020… 25 years ago, construction on the Orange County Courthouse was completed: fast forward to today, Orange County Mayor Jerry

Statewide tornado drill for Florida to take place Feb. 3 for Severe Weather Awareness Week

Courtesy: City of Tallahassee Hurricanes pose the largest natural disaster threat to our beautiful state for roughly half of the year. Officially speaking, hurricane season runs from June 1 through the end of November, but it doesn’t mean they are limited to just that period of time. Luckily, we can plan for a hurricane and

Florida’s Gov. Ron DeSantis announces school staff should not expect to be prioritized for vaccine

Miami, Florida, USA – June 12, 2020: Gov. Ron DeSantis Press Conference, speaking about the situation in Florida. Courtesy: Shutterstock – Photo by  YES Market Media Bad news for teachers and members of Florida’s school system. Florida’s Gov. Ron DeSantis announced on Monday, January 6, 2021, that teachers and school staff should expect to be

Two Florida Teens Named Lakhani Scholars: Earning National College Coaching Scholarship

Courtesy: Lakhani Coaching Program/ Cision PR Web. Left to right Hayley McCombs and Rachel Nacarino The globally renowned Lakhani Coaching program has released their annual scholarship recipient list and among the three winners—two are from South Florida. Hayley McCombs of Pompano Beach and Rachel Nacarino of Miami will receive three years of elite one-on-one coaching

Another invasive lizard species has landed in Florida: The red-headed butterfly eating, agama lizard

Peter’s Rock Agama spotted in Florida. Courtesy: Sean McKnight, UF/IFAS Wildlife Ecology student. Florida is no stranger to invasive species of any kind: bugs, insects, reptiles, plants, you name it, we’ve got it.  Earlier this year, Florida had a new character on the block, the Argentine Black and White Tegu, but this time, it’s the

Miami-Dade County Hasn’t ruled out Possibility for Mandatory Vaccination for Students

MDCPS Alberto Carvalho speaking with students in a socially distanced lunchroom. Courtesy: Miami Dade County Public Schools Facebook. While state officials are finalizing distribution plans of the first round of COVID-19 vaccines in the state, another discussion awaits in the hallway. What about children, teachers, and schools?  Florida is just weeks away from receiving the