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Florida House passes school voucher expansion; families making nearly $100K could qualify

Florida House passes school voucher expansion; families making nearly $100K could qualify

The Florida House voted to expand the state’s school voucher programs Wednesday, opening up scholarships created to help children living in poverty to youngsters from families earning nearly $100,000 a year. Republicans in the GOP-controlled House said the sweeping bill (HB 7045) represented the “largest expansion of school choice programs in our nation’s history” and would give more Florida parents educational options outside public schools. The House estimates it could cost up to $200 million. Advertisement “This bill fights for children. This bill fights for parents,” said Rep. Randy...

Apr 21
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Florida transgender athlete bill may be dead for the year, Senate sponsor says

Florida transgender athlete bill may be dead for the year, Senate sponsor says

A controversial push to ban transgender females from girls’ and women’s school sports teams in Florida looks to be dead this year after a key senator said Tuesday there likely was not time to craft legislation that both protects those athletic squads and “respects the inherent dignity of each person.” The Florida House last week voted to ban transgender females from female sports teams, following Advertisement The was called bigoted and unnecessary by opponents. They noted that both the Florida High School Athletic Association and the NCAA already have policies that provide ways for...

Apr 20
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DeSantis, GOP leaders push ‘big tech’ bill to beef up consumer privacy laws

DeSantis, GOP leaders push ‘big tech’ bill to beef up consumer privacy laws

Gov. Ron DeSantis said Monday he will support legislation to “check the growing power and influence of big tech” and give Florida consumers “more control of their data.” Speaking at a press conference in Tallahassee, DeSantis said he and Florida House leaders will push a bill (HB 969) that gives consumers the right to demand information about how companies use their data. Advertisement “They have all the power. They dictate all the rules,” DeSantis said. “We can’t let it go on any longer.” Earlier this month, DeSantis and GOP legislative leaders complained about discrimination against...

Feb 15
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Gov. DeSantis signs teacher bill to boost minimum salaries

Gov. DeSantis signs teacher bill to boost minimum salaries

Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a bill on Wednesday that he said will boost pay for many teachers, making the minimum salary among the highest in the nation. The goal is to have teachers, on average, earn at least $47,500. Despite financial hardships brought on by the coronavirus pandemic, the state will spend $400 million to increase teacher pay so that its average minimum ranks it fifth in the nation, up from 26th, DeSantis said. The state will spend another $100 million to increase salaries of veteran teachers as well as some other school employees who are already earning above that minimum....

June 24, 2020
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Florida Virtual School faces leadership crisis after resignation, investigations, unexpected death

Florida Virtual School faces leadership crisis after resignation, investigations, unexpected death

The leadership of the Florida Virtual School is in crisis after investigations surrounding former General Counsel Frank Kruppenbacher, the sudden death of CEO Robert Porter and a board of trustees with five empty seats. Well-known Orlando attorney Frank Kruppenbacher’s ties to former Gov. Rick Scott helped him amass authority at the state-run Florida Virtual School until a clash with its new leader led to his abrupt departure last summer, touching off a crisis at the school considered a national pioneer in online education. Six members of its board of trustees have resigned in the past six...

April 11, 2019
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Florida superintendents warn of school 'catastrophe,’ seek federal aid

Florida superintendents warn of school 'catastrophe,’ seek federal aid

Florida’s public schools, and the nation’s, face an “educational catastrophe” if federal aid isn’t pumped into their budgets to offset steep financial losses expected in the face of the coronavirus pandemic, school leaders wrote in a letter to Congress. Public schools need $200 billion in financial aid or could have to layoff 275,000 teachers nationwide, leading to an “educational catastrophe” that “could weaken the country’s economic foundation for years to come,” said the letter released Tuesday from the Council of the Great City Schools. Advertisement The letter was signed by Orange...

April 29, 2020
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UCF professor’s tweets called racist; school investigating

UCF professor’s tweets called racist; school investigating

UCF said Thursday it is reviewing Twitter posts by one of its psychology professors after students and alumni began calling him out for what they called racist tweets that made him unfit to teach at the public university. Charles Negy, an associate professor in the psychology department, is the author of a book titled “White Shaming” and is now the subject of a Twitter campaign, #UCFfirehim. Advertisement Negy is a prolific tweeter who others on Twitter have called racist before the current controversy, which erupted as protests over the death of George Floyd have roiled the country. Floyd...

June 4, 2020
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