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Latvala: Budget Cuts May Be Necessary To Pay For Teacher Raises

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A House education panel on Thursday began delving into the issue of raising teacher pay, with a key lawmaker saying that while "everything is on the table," the panel still needs to figure out where the money would come from.

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In February, groups of educators from five school districts throughout the state will be visiting classrooms in Miami-Dade and Palm Beach counties, in hopes of learning how to improve teaching throughout Florida.

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New state policies born out of the Parkland school shooting have drawn the scrutiny of two national nonprofit research organizations, which have argued in recent reports that the strategies could lead to violence or discrimination against students.

The Aspen Institute, a nonpartisan think tank based in Washington, D.C., and the Southern Poverty Law Center released reports this month criticizing Florida’s response to the Feb. 14, 2018, shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

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Gov. Ron DeSantis’ administration is moving forward with one of the Republican’s chief campaign promises: eliminating  Common Core academic standards from Florida schools.

Shortly after taking office in January, DeSantis issued an executive order directing the state Department of Education to review Florida’s academic standards and provide recommended changes by the end of the year.

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Starting with next fall's freshman class, the University of Miami will take steps to meet the financial need of all admitted undergraduate students who live in Florida, with the exception of immigrants who are not here legally.

The school's new plan, called "UM Within Reach," guarantees meeting the "demonstrated financial need" of admitted Floridians who are eligible for federal aid — meaning, they're U.S. citizens. The plan would also apply to all students who are accepted through the early admission program, which is binding.

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The Miami-Dade County Public Schools police force has investigated two dozen threats against schools and arrested six people in connection with those events since the academic year began in August, with nearly all of the incidents explained as “nothing more than a joke,” according to the superintendent.

Al Diaz / Miami Herald

Florida would boast the second-highest starting salaries for teachers in the country under a new plan from Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis.

DeSantis wants to spend $600 million on increasing teacher pay throughout the state, bringing the minimum salary to $47,500, he announced Monday during an event at a Fort Lauderdale elementary school. DeSantis said more than half of Florida’s public school teachers would get a raise.

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A national education reform advocacy group that released a report last week arguing Florida’s urban school districts spend less on schools with a majority of nonwhite students has acknowledged the analysis was flawed and issued a new study with an apology.

Gov. Ron DeSantis wants to raise the minimum salary of Florida teachers to $47,500, a proposal that would cost hundreds of millions of dollars and likely will be a key issue during the upcoming 2020 legislative session.

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The sex of sea turtle hatchlings is determined by the temperature. So as it gets hotter, there are more female turtles. That trend is worrying scientists that there could eventually be too few male turtles for the species to keep reproducing.

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UPDATED: Education Reform Now has acknowledged its report was inaccurate and has reissued the report with an apology. Read more here.

South Florida schools with mostly white students are better funded than those with mostly black and Latino students, according to a new report from a national education reform advocacy organization.

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The Miami-Dade County School Board has filed a federal lawsuit against more than a dozen corporations that manufacture or distribute opioids, claiming that the nation’s fourth largest school district should be compensated for the money it has spent battling the “worst man-made epidemic in modern medical history.”

Fight Over Charter Schools Heads To Florida Supreme Court

Sep 30, 2019
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Nine county school boards are going to the Florida Supreme Court in a battle about the constitutionality of a controversial 2017 law that sought to bolster charter schools. 

Could Florida teachers get a long awaited raise this year? Governor Ron DeSantis, Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran, and Senate Budget Chief Rob Bradley have all discussed it, and the state’s largest teacher’s union is calling for it. But there are plenty of questions about how and whether teachers will get anything.

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