Saturday, July 24, 2021
These new standards are a result of the governor’s continued opposition to Common Core. At the start of last year, DeSantis issued an executive order “outlining a path for Florida to improve its education system by eliminating Common Core and paving the way for Florida students to receive a world-class education to prepare them for jobs of the future.”
U.S. Rep. Al Lawson, D-Fla., announced this week that the schools will receive federal funds through the “Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act." The entire package sends $31 billion to schools across the country with almost $14 billion of that going to higher education institutions.
This week, Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a bill from state Sen. Lauren Book, D-Plantation, and state Rep. Randy Fine, R-Brevard County, to mandate “a uniformed statewide Holocaust education curriculum and education on the Ocoee Election Day massacre of 1920 in Florida’s public schools”
The funds are part of $80,684,142 in grants from the Labor Department, including almost 50 Career Services and Training Grants totaling $74,562,142 for and $6,122,000 for nine NFJP Housing Grants.
The public “beta” version of the portal was first unveiled in early 2019 to take stakeholder feedback, and based on that feedback, improvements and new features were added in August 2019 and October 2020 that make the site even more user-friendly and content-rich.
At the end of last week, Florida’s two U.S. senators--Republicans Marco Rubio and Rick Scott--cosponsored U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson’s, R-Wisc., bill. Johnson, who chaired U.S. Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee when the GOP controlled the chamber, first introduced the bill to create a clearinghouse “to help schools and their faculty, parents, and community officials identify school safety measures and resources for implementing them” back in November 2019.
U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., joined U.S. Sen. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., this week to write to U.S. Education Sec. Miguel Cardona requesting a status update on school reopening dollars in light of reports that school officials are considering diverting funds that are intended to reopen schools to instead give teacher bonuses.
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...
Rubio surveyed the damage on Monday and Tuesday. 
The grant will be used to begin efforts “that will look for new ways to reach young people who are on the margins of society, culture and even the church.”