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

$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

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

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