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AS QUARANTINES SEND STUDENTS HOME, WHAT’S THE PLAN TO KEEP THEM LEARNING?

From Chalkbeat
By Kalyn Belsha and Matt Barnum Updated Aug 17, 2021

It was only her son’s third day of kindergarten when Sabrina Padgett got a call in late July that he’d been exposed to COVID and had to stay home for over a week.
Soon after, that got extended when Padgett herself tested positive for COVID. Then her other two school-age children had to stay home, too.
What happened next made her even more concerned. READ MORE

 

FLORIDA'S SHARP TEACHER VACANCY INCREASE TIED TO PANDEMIC, PAY

From Health News Florida
By Valerie Crowder    August 16, 2021

Thousands of teaching and school support jobs across Florida were open at the start of August. Local school districts are seeking bus drivers, food service workers, classroom aides and certified instructors. READ MORE

 

ALYSSA’S LAW GOES INTO EFFECT THANKS TO FAMILY OF LATE PARKLAND STUDENT 

From Local 10 News
By Ian Margol   August 13, 2021

PARKLAND, Fla. – This upcoming school year, Alyssa’s Law officially goes into effect, which means every single public and charter school in Florida must have a mobile panic button system that can allow for immediate, clear communication with first responders during a life-threatening situation. READ MORE

 

HOW K-12 SCHOOLS ARE SWITCHING GEARS ON COLLEGE PREP AS TEST-OPTIONAL ADMISSIONS GROW

From K-12 DIVE
By Lauren Barack August 4, 2021

With two-thirds of four-year institutions not requiring the SAT or ACT for at least fall 2022 admissions, schools are exploring portfolios, early college and more. READ MORE

 

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

 
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