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FLORIDA TEACHER SHORTAGE PREDICTED TO GROW TO 10,000 VACANCIES

From ClickOrlando News 6
By Merris Badcock   August 6, 2021

ORLANDO – It is a simple math problem that is not getting solved in a classroom. Florida has a shortage of teachers.
“I think it has gotten a lot worse,” said Andrew Spar, President of the Florida Education Association, the state’s largest association of professional employees.  READ MORE

 

FLORIDA TAXWATCH HIGHLIGHTS BACK-TO-SCHOOL SALES TAX HOLIDAY

From The Capitolist
by Jordan Kirkland | Jul 28, 2021

With the state’s Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday around the corner, Florida TaxWatch (FTW) is urging parents to take advantage of the savings that come with it.  READ MORE

 

HOW WILL SCHOOLS TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE $7B FCC FUND TO ADDRESS THE HOMEWORK GAP? 

From K-12 DIVE

By Kara Arundel  July 30, 2021

Schools and libraries have only two more weeks to apply for $7.17 billion to support remote learning efforts through the Emergency Connectivity Fund program. The funding was included in the American Rescue Plan in an effort to solve the homework gap — a mission made more urgent due to pandemic school closures. READ MORE

 

 

DEBATE OVER MASK REQUIREMENTS IN SCHOOLS RESURFACES AS DELTA VARIANT SPREADS IN FLORIDA

From Florida Today
Bailey Gallion, Bobby Block-News Service of Florida
July 22, 2021

A new wave of COVID-19 infections spreading throughout Florida impacting younger people and the rise of the more contagious Delta variant have renewed debates about mask mandates in schools, prompting a vow from Gov. Ron DeSantis that he will order the state to ban any federal requirement for face coverings in classrooms. READ MORE

 

U.S. HOUSE DEMOCRATS CALL FOR CUTTING FEDERAL FUNDING FOR CHARTER SCHOOLS 

From CNN
By Katie Lobosco July 21, 2021

A small provision tucked into a massive federal budget proposal put forth by the House Appropriations Committee would cut money for charter schools by $40 million and could potentially limit many charter schools from receiving federal funds altogether. READ MORE

 
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