Monday, June 14, 2021
With students across Florida taking classes online due to the coronavirus pandemic and April being Financial Literacy Month, Florida Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Jimmy Patronis showcased online financial literacy classes.
“This is great news for Florida A&M University. We are thrilled to be in partnership with Nike and LeBron James. Our student-athletes and the University will be the beneficiaries for years to come,” said FAMU President Robinson Larry Robinson.
Outside another strong football season, UCF has been in the headlines for all the wrong reasons. Four people were fired, the school’s CFO resigned and top executives had their bonuses stripped after UCF was caught using money earmarked for operations to complete Colburn Hall, a new building that will house several academic programs for the College of Arts and Humanities. 
As a former high ranking administrator in higher education, freshman U.S. Rep. Donna Shalala, D-Fla., has a lot to say about the bribery scandal that rocked elite schools this week--but the GOP offered a reminder that she oversaw some corruption during her time at the University of Miami.
In some areas of the region, more than half of their childcare and preschool facilities were lost or severely damaged.
The relief follows an investigation by the Florida Attorney General’s Office, 53 other attorneys general and the federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
Democrats trending poorly in Florida, pundit notes, Darryl Rouson files bill to protect gay students attending private schools, and a Jacksonville City Councilman insists prayers before meetings are too political.
With solid Republican majorities in both chambers, Gov. Ron DeSantis, state House Speaker Chris Sprowls, R-Palm Harbor, and state Senate President Wilton Simpson, R-Trilby, should not face many challenges from the Democrats. But there will be problems in the days to come, especially as DeSantis pushes a $96.6 proposed budget which includes $625 million for Everglades restoration and a new “Resilient Florida” program to deal with climate change with $1 billion in bonds over the next four years. 
According to the 24/7 Wall Street report, several regions in Florida had dismal rankings when it comes to teacher pay with three of them placing as some of the most underpaid teachers in the nation.
"With pretty much the same budget priorities and leftover promises from last year, I hope that this is not only the year of the teacher but the year the governor does what he said he would do by ensuring the affordability of a healthy Florida, protecting our seniors from cutting their medication in half, allowing individuals to vote who have the constitutional right to do so, and protecting our economy’s growth by allowing those who have come to Florida to live and work, to do so without fear."