Tuesday, May 11, 2021
Florida’s two U.S. senators--Marco Rubio and Rick Scott--joined U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and more than 30 members of the Senate Republican Conference in a letter to U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona requesting the withdrawal of the Department’s “Proposed Priorities” on American history and civics education. 
In a sign that 2022 may be a tough year for Democrats, the nation’s largest teachers' unions have donated large amounts of campaign donations to Political Action Committees (PACs) allied with that party. Last week, Roll Call reported the nation’s...
The Florida Department of Education (FDOE) announced a grant from Helios Education Foundation to enhance enrollment opportunities for Florida College System students. Phase 1 provides more than $300,000 to finance and “Fast Track” summer courses for 2020 and 2021 high...
The Florida Virtual Campus (FLVC) announced this week that it is offering a series of videos to help students get all the information they need to prepare, apply, and pay for college. FLVC recently hosted “College 101: What to Do,...
This week, incoming state Senate Democratic Leader Lauren Book, D-Plantation, and state House Democratic Leader Bobby DuBose, D-Ft. Lauderdale, got their proposal ensuring school districts can not place students with disabilities in seclusion through the Florida Legislature without opposition. According...
On Monday, the Florida Senate passed a bill expanding school choice from state Sen. Manny Diaz, R-Hialeah. The bill cleared the Senate on a 25-14 vote. Last week, the House passed its version from state Rep. Randy Fine, R-Palm Bay,...
On Wednesday, Book said she “plans to bring results-oriented leadership to the Democratic Caucus” when she leads it from the 2022 elections to the 2024 elections.
“With food insecurity worsened by an ongoing pandemic, its lasting effects will be felt by Florida’s most vulnerable for years to come. Ensuring that all of Florida’s kids are fed no matter their family income, has always been a top priority. As a longtime advocate for universal school meals, I’m thankful for the USDA’s extension so that we can continue to provide access to healthy, nutritious meals, on which so many children have come to rely,” she said.
In his letter, Scott discussed the importance of reopening our schools, addressing the student debt crisis, keeping higher education affordable, and ensuring students and families have the opportunity to choose the education that best fits their needs.
Currently, the program is active in 30 Florida school districts, with 59 participating schools and more than 1,300 student competitors. The goal is to expand the program to 50 districts at 100 new middle and high schools to elevate civic knowledge, skills and disposition for middle and high school students through speech and debate by developing competitive speech and debate teams.