Palm Beach Teacher Pay, A Political Controversy In Hallandale Beach & Shark Attacks Reach A New Low

Jan 29, 2019

A new investigation from the Palm Beach Post finds teachers in the county with the poorest students and poor schools are getting the least pay. Reporter Andrew Marra joined Sundial to talk about how this is causing a stir among the teachers union, who are demanding for reform.

The City Commission of Hallandale Beach recently voted to condemn the language of Commissioner Anabelle Lima-Taub, who recently posted on Facebook anti-Islamic comments about the incoming Muslim Representative from Michigan to the U.S. Congress, Rashida Talib. Lima-Taub’s comments led to protests at last week’s city commission meeting and a proposed resolution to censor her. Commissioner Michelle Lazarow, representing Seat 4,  co-authored the resolution to censor Lima-Taub and joined the program to talk about how the controversy has impacted city politics.

A new report from the Florida Museum of Natural History’s International Shark Attack File found a significant drop in unprovoked shark attacks worldwide. In Florida, it went from 31 percent down to 16 percent. Gavin Naylor, Director of Florida’s International Shark Attack File, joined Sundial to talk about the data collected and what it means.

The Sundial book club’s January title is “Jesus Boy” by  Miami Dade College professor Preston Allen. The book follows a teen growing up and cultivating relationships through the prism of the church. Some of the book's themes are forbidden love, personal identity, and the exploration of faith. WLRN reporter Nadege Green and book club member Geoffrey Philps make up January’s panel of readers, plus we air social media comments and audio messages from book club members.