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

More than 10,000 students in Hillsborough County isolated or quarantined a week into new school year

COVID-19 Quarantine – Courtesy: Shutterstock – Image by Halfpoint Just a week into the 2021-2022 school year, over 10,000 students and staff in the Hillsborough County Public Schools district have been either quarantined or isolated as districts throughout the entire state struggle throughout the fight against COVID-19. With more than 213,000 students, Hillsborough is the

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

Florida’s Gov. DeSantis signs bill requiring all state schools to observe ‘moment of silence’ before start of class

Courtesy: Shutterstock – Image by smolaw Earlier this week, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed and approved a new bill that will require all public schools in the state to observe a “moment of silence” in the classroom at the start of the day. The bill, which has received disapproval and praise from both aisles, will

Florida’s Board of Education bans ‘Critical Race Theory’ from school curriculum

Courtesy: Joe Raedle/Getty Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis gives away a pen after holding a bill signing ceremony at the Florida National Guard Robert A. Ballard Armory on June 7, 2021, in Miami, Florida. DeSantis moved on Thursday to ban critical race theory from being taught in Florida schools. Florida is the latest state to join

Broward County School Board approves $750K Severance Deal for soon to be Ex-Superintendent Robert Runcie

Courtesy: Al Diaz/Miami Herald Florida’s second-largest school district has reached an agreement to send off county superintendent Robert Runcie with a handsome payday if his perjury charge is successfully fought off in court. On Wednesday, April 21, Runcie was arrested on a charge of perjury along with another Broward County board member and the county’s

U.S. News & World Report reveals its 10 Best High Schools in Florida

Courtesy: Shutterstock – Image by Chinnapong Picking the right school for your child is a daunting task as a parent. Oftentimes, parents will default to sending their child to the school closest to the home out of convenience or a school recommended by a fellow friend, but that’s not always the case. A series of

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 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

South Florida is out of the eye of the storm, but sees record rainfall and flood warnings

Courtesy: National Weather Service Tropical Storm Eta made landfall in the central part of the Florida Keys late Sunday night, bringing heavy rains and strong wind gusts throughout the night and much of the early morning announced the National Hurricane Center. The 28th named storm of this year’s busy hurricane season entered Lower Matecumbe Key