As Florida navigates new book law, Sarasota declines dictionary donations

Sarasota County Declining Book Donations – Image Shows Library Books in Bookshelves – Courtesy: Shutterstock – Image by Maxx-Studio A school district located in southwestern Florida has hit headlines for declining a donation of dictionaries because of a freeze on new books in its classrooms and libraries. That freeze is temporarily in place while officials

Veterans can now teach in Florida schools without a degree

Veterans holding books – Courtesy: Shutterstock – Image by Africa Studio The Sunshine State currently has 9,000 teacher vacancies that must be filled before the summer comes to a close and the new 2022 academic year begins. Last week, Florida’s Department of Education announced that military veterans can now fill those empty roles. “Our public

Students improve scores on FSA exams but are still below the pre-pandemic level

FSA Exam – Courtesy: Shutterstock – Image by Dmitry Demidovich The results are officially in and students throughout the Sunshine State improved their scores in the last year of the Florida Standards Assessments (FSA). In Palm Beach County, scores increased compared to last year on the FSA, however, they are still under pre-pandemic levels. That

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