Education

Back To School Tax 'Holiday' In Florida Moves Forward

Feb 28, 2020

As lawmakers prepare for formal budget negotiations, the Senate Appropriations Committee on Thursday signed off on a proposal that would provide a sales-tax “holiday” for back-to-school shoppers.


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A new charter school surrounded by an eight-foot non-scalable fence and equipped with bullet-resistant glass is slated to open just a few miles from the site of the nation's deadliest high school shooting.

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Asher Lieberman has been obsessed with diseases since he was little.

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Monroe County voters will have more than just presidential primary candidates to consider on their March 17 ballots—all voters, regardless of party, will be asked to weigh in on an ongoing tax earmarked for teachers.

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Sleep-deprived adolescents are more likely to carry handguns, even to school, according to new research from Florida International University.

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Lori Alhadeff picked up a mallet and banged a small, colorful drum. At one point, she closed her eyes to feel the rhythm of the others in the small circle, who were also improvising with percussion instruments.

Alhadeff, who lost her daughter, Alyssa, two years ago in the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, joined in during the music therapy activity at Pine Trails Park in Parkland Friday afternoon. 

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It's been two years since the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland.

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Ada Reyes studied graphic design in her home country of Venezuela, but she had to leave her university because she couldn’t afford to continue. Later, she moved to Doral.

“Personally, I never thought I was going to be able to study again,” Reyes said.

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On this Monday, Feb. 10, episode of Sundial:

Update on education policies in the 2020 legislature 

Florida business leaders have joined the fight to increase teacher pay. 

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On this Tuesday, Feb. 4, episode of Sundial:

Legislative Session Update

Guns at places of worship? That question's being debated during this year’s legislative session. A number of bills filed could expand where Florida residents are allowed to bring concealed weapons. Jim Saunders, a reporter with News Service of Florida, has been following gun-related bills closely and joins Sundial for an update.

Florida Education Standards 

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State Representative Carlos Guillermo Smith of Orlando is working to change Florida’s private school voucher program ‘Step Up for Students’ because he says it violates state law. Smith says Floridians have a constitutional right not to face discrimination regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identification.

Teacher Pay Increase Plans Don’t Include Bonus Programs

Jan 30, 2020
Amy Beth Bennett / South Florida Sun Sentinel

House and Senate education budget writers have released competing proposals for teacher salary increases, a top priority of Gov. Ron DeSantis that is expected to be a key issue during negotiations on the upcoming state budget.

House PreK-12 Appropriations Chairman Chris Latvala, R-Clearwater, said Wednesday the House wants to provide $650 million for teacher pay increases and no funding for bonus programs for teachers and principals.

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The morning after the Feb. 14, 2018, Parkland shooting, Miami-Dade middle school teacher Kelsey Major stood in front of his speech-and-debate class and had no idea what to say.

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