Wednesday, July 8, 2020
FloridaShines, the state’s student hub of innovative educational services, announced this week has launched a new webpage featuring links to virtual tours from Florida colleges and universities.
At the end of January, DeSantis announced the Marcus Foundation agreed to send $5 million to the FCDI “to elevate civic knowledge, civic skills and civic disposition for middle and high school students through speech and debate.”
While both DeSantis and Florida Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran said they wanted schools across the state to be fully open in the fall, they did not announce that every school will be open, noting that much of the planning to reopen campuses will be done at the local level.
As a virtual library, FOAL provides access to more than 1.25 million digital archives and collections curated by Florida’s colleges and universities.
Last week, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., joined a conversation with Campus Reform and the Leadership Institute to discuss the role the Chinese government and Communist Party has played in influencing American universities. 
Lawson led a letter to U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., U.S. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., and U.S. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-NY, on the matter.
Get Ready, Florida!, the statewide hurricane safety initiative, released a poll on Thursday looking at what residents of the Sunshine State are thinking as hurricane season begins on Monday.
The recent spate of stay-at-home orders have impacted education with schools seeing a dramatic shift to online learning, a reality that may carry well into the next fall school year. This means children are far less likely to be seen directly by teachers, other parents and coaches who may be able to spot signs of abuse and report it.
Last week, Gillibrand introduced the “Bioeconomy Research and Development Act” with Rubio, U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner, R-Col. and U.S. Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass., as cosponsors.
Back in July, U.S. Sen. Jacky Rosen, D-Nev., introduced the proposal with the backing of U.S. Sens. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., and Kevin Cramer, R-ND. The bill would authorize $10 million over the next five years to expand educational efforts about the Holocaust with the director of the National Holocaust Memorial Museum in charge of the new program.