Some Florida students are switching to a four-day school week

Volusia County, Florida, school switches to four-day week – Wide Angle View Of High School Students Sitting At Desks In Classroom Using Laptops — Courtesy: Shutterstock — Monkey Business Images Some pupils in Volusia County, Florida, have a shorter school week. The weekend officially begins when the bell rings at the conclusion of the day

New Black history standards adopted by the Florida Board of Education are criticized as “a big step backward”

Classroom – Courtesy: Shutterstock – Image by smolaw A new set of guidelines for how Black history should be taught in the state’s public schools, which the Florida Board of Education adopted, drew criticism from advocates for education and civil rights who believed that pupils should be able to understand the “full truth” of American

What you need to know before Florida’s new carry law goes into effect

Man with concealed carry permit application and pistol gun firearm Courtesy: Shutterstock – Photo by ja-images The new “constitutional carry” law that Gov. Ron DeSantis signed into law earlier this year is scheduled to go into effect on July 1. Previously punishable as a third-degree crime, the bill (HB 543) now permits some Floridians to

Florida House backs lowering the age to purchase guns

Guns – Permitless Carry – Protestors rallying for gun control – Courtesy: Shutterstock – Image by Heidi Besen In a vote to undo a controversial move made following the deadly shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, in 2018, the Florida House approved a bill on Friday that would lower the legal

Florida bill proposes 12-month school plan for elementary students

Florida bill proposes longer schooling – Elementary school kids in a classroom raising their hands – Courtesy: Shutterstock – Image by Monkey Business Images TALLAHASSEE — The Florida Senate started debating a plan on Tuesday that would implement a trial year-round school program at a few primary schools. “The purpose of the program is for

Florida’s permitless carry law–5 things to know

Permitless Carry – Man shooting gun at gun range – Courtesy: Shutterstock – Image by Prath Gov. Ron DeSantis has signed a bill into law allowing people to carry concealed weapons in public without a permit or training. Before the actual start of the legislative session, almost all of the legislation’s committee stops were completed

Florida House passes the permitless carry bill

Permitless Carry – Protestors rallying for gun control – Courtesy: Shutterstock – Image by Heidi Besen A bill allowing gun owners to carry a concealed weapon without state permission was approved by lawmakers in the Florida House of Representatives on Friday. Following passing the bill by a vote of 76-32, HB-543 will now proceed to

Florida bill signed banning protests outside of homes

Abortion Protests – Courtesy: Shutterstock – Image by Rena Schild Protests outside of homes are now officially banned in the Sunshine State after Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed a bill into law banning such demonstrations. DeSantis, who is both a potential 2024 rival to Donald Trump and a Trump ally, has become a rising star

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

The state of sports gambling in Florida and why new legislation might finally make it legal

Sports Betting matchup Ticker screen – Courtesy: Shutterstock – Image by Sinisa Botas The time for sports betting to become legal in Florida may be now. While it may not have been the way legislators wanted it to happen—it’s on the verge of happening thanks to the pandemic.  With Florida facing budget shortfalls of roughly