Regardless of recent budget surplus, Florida teachers are among the worst paid in the U.S.

Education School Teachers Teaching — Courtesy: Shutterstock — rawpixel.com TAMPA. Fl. — In a Florida political season dominated by educational arguments over everything from sexual orientation to policy and curriculum, Florida’s teacher’s union, the Florida Education Association, says teachers in the Sunshine State are still close to the bottom of the barrel for salaries. The

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

The American Society of Civil engineers grades Florida infrastructure: C

Infrastructure – Florida Turnpike North Bond – Courtesy: Shutterstock — YES Market Media The American Society of Civil Engineers gave Florida’s critical overall infrastructure a grade of C in its report for the state released Sunday. High marks were given for the condition of its ports and bridges, but the report card also warns of

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

Schools throughout Florida Panhandle close ahead of Tropical Storm Fred

Flooded Neighborhood Streets – Courtesy: Shutterstock – Image by johnmoorefour As Tropical Storm Fred gains major strength on its way toward the Florida Panhandle, several schools in the area are closed Monday to brace for its impact. As of early Monday morning, Tropical Storm Fred maintained maximum sustained winds of 50 mph while moving toward

As 2021-2022 school year kicks off, Florida continues to roll out $1,000 bonuses to teachers & principals

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis School – Courtesy: Shutterstock – Image by YES Market Media ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – As several Florida educators remain waiting or have received their $1,000 bonuses, Gov. Ron DeSantis made a quick stop at a school in St. Petersburg to hand-deliver checks to teachers. DeSantis was joined by Florida Department of

Florida’s back-to-school sales tax holiday begins this Saturday: Find out how you can save

Little Girl Choosing School Supplies – Courtesy: Shutterstock – Image by New Africa The 2020-2021 school year was strange enough as is, but as officials juggle what to do about the new COVID-19 surges, parents are preparing themselves for back-to-school shopping. Florida parents shopping for back-to-school supplies can save big when the state’s 10-day tax

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