Thursday, August 5, 2021
This week, the Florida Lottery (Lottery) announced its tenth consecutive record-breaking year with an estimated $9.07 billion in annual sales for fiscal year 2020-21, more than $1.5 billion higher than the 2019-20 fiscal year. As a result, the Lottery anticipates...
Rubio is also backing the “Stop Critical Race Theory Act” and the “Combating Racist Training in the Military Act” from U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark.
During this sales tax holiday period, qualifying items will be exempt from tax, including certain school supplies selling for $15 or less per item; clothing, footwear, and certain accessories selling for $60 or less per item; and the first $1,000 of the sales price of personal computers and certain computer-related accessories purchased for noncommercial home or personal use.
According to the Presidents' Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration, a group of higher ed leaders, there are around 450,000 of undocumented students enrolled in the nation's higher-education system.
Sarah Ann Painter was selected from among nearly 185,000 Florida public school teachers.
The funds provided through UniSIG will be used to support school improvement initiatives in Florida’s lowest performing five percent of schools. Teachers who teach at these low performing schools and have earned highly effective or effective ratings can receive up to $15,000.
The funding will be used to create and award qualified teachers with the Florida Civics Seal of Excellence, which includes a $3,000 bonus for educators who complete training to earn the endorsement. The funding will also be used for Florida’s civics curriculum and to expedite the implementation of Florida’s B.E.S.T. Standards in Florida’s K-12 public schools.
More than 60 other members of the House are backing the bill which is being championed in the U.S. Senate by U.S. Sens. Chris Coons, D-Del., and Tim Scott, R-SC. 
Rubio insists the bill iwill “remove traditional education bias within federal hiring practices and expand federal workforce opportunities to qualified Americans with alternative education credentials, relevant experience, or demonstrated abilities.”
At the end of last week, Florida TaxWatch (FTW) released “Beyond the Pandemic: Long Term Changes and Challenges for K-12 Education in Florida,” a report and the second installment in the taxpayer research institute’s COVID-19 Legacy Series, which highlights the unprecedented disruptions in learning caused by COVID-19 and the concern for long-term economic and societal risks to students, families, and communities in Florida.