Category Education

The textbook ban: some pressing questions

It appears that despite some recent reinstatement’s, per reports the recent textbook purge means only one publisher will be providing the bulk of math books available for Florida students from Kindergarten to the 5th Grade. Multiple reports have indicated that the only publisher that had been approved to offer the majority of K-5 math books in […]

“Parental rights” nonsense could lead to the Democrats nadir in Florida come November 2022

Democrats losing streak in Florida – 25 of the last 32 statewide races of any kind, 20 of the last 22 races for Governor or Cabinet could get MUCH worse in 2022 thanks to a new red-button issue from the right- “parental rights.” First off, let me say this is a red-herring from an actual […]

UF reverses course, but is the damage done?

President Kent Fuchs of the University of Florida, on Friday recommended reversing the university’s “conflict of interest”policy in addition to ordering a reversal on the voting rights case, but is it too little, too late to salvage UF’s reputation which has taken a major hit in the last two weeks? And for what it is […]

The University of Florida should be in DEEP trouble

When it rains it pours. To say the least the situation at the University of Florida is untenable. UF is operating as if it were small religious school with a political bent, aka Liberty University. When an academic institution loses its credibility and plays politics at multiple levels we assume its some small religious school […]

NPR: A look into the “grassroots” groups opposing masks , vaccines and CRT

A great piece from NPR looking deep into the groups that are funded by national interests but stir up local trouble for School Boards on a number of cultural hot-button issues including vaccines, masks and Critical Race Theory (CRT). These groups aren’t organic or in any manner a manifestation of grassroots sentiment. They are as […]

Guest column: Conscripting Troops for the Trump/DeSantis offensive

By Drake Buckman Editors note: A version of this column has run in the Sarasota Herald-Tribune. It is reworked slightly and published here with permission from the author. This past week, 80,000 Sarasota parents will have to make one of the most difficult decisions of their lives. On Aug. 31, 43,000 children in Sarasota County […]

Parents and educators urge Governor Scott to veto HB 7069

Republican legislative leaders particularly House Speaker Richard Corcoran won a major battle with the passage of HB 7069 in the legislative session’s dying moments on Monday May 8. Today educators and parents across the state urged that the Governor veto the legislation. Normally, there would be faint hope that Governor Rick Scott would veto such […]

What we are reading: The battle over recess – Corcoran blames Scott in Tweet

Recess policy has been one of the underlying issues of tension during the course of this legislative session. The recess issue has been a foremost concern this session among education advocates, parent groups and other stakeholders. The legislature has to this point stalled on the issue with some conservatives in the claiming a legislative mandate […]

What we are reading: Florida $36 million short for school consturction

The GOP legislators that have run this state for the better part of two decades have failed to meaningfully address the lack of revenue going into the PECO fund for school construction. The potential for annual PECO shortfalls have been apparent since the late 1990’s, but in the desire the GOP always has to cut […]

Guest Column: Florida cannot be on the fence about education

By Zyana Morris The title of this article is probably a no brainer as elections carry on in full steam. To top it off, business activity has always been one of the healthy strong points of Florida as far as economic growth is concerned. And yet, if figures and warning signs are anything to go […]