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Florida did not ask for billions in federal aid from schools

A senior US Department of Education official on Monday urged Florida to submit a plan that shows how it intends to use about $ 7 billion in federal aid for schools. Otherwise, the state could leave $ 2.3 billion on the table. Florida is the only state in the country not to seek the third round of funding of $ 7 billion allocated to help schools under the Biden administration’s US bailout stimulus legislation, which has been enacted. in March. Tampa Bay Timesand the Miami Herald.

The impacts of thousands of vacant teaching positions across the state

Lately, the focus has been on mask policies. Or the lack of mask policies. But what about the crisis of the shortage of teachers in schools? According to the Florida Education Association (FEA), at the start of the 2021 school year, there were more than 5,000 vacant teaching positions and 4,000 additional support staff positions. Support staff include bus drivers, cafeteria workers, and teacher assistants. “This is a major problem in the state of Florida,” said Andrew Spar, president of the FEA. “It’s a problem that I think nationwide.” [Source: WTSP]

More school districts could face penalties as state watches others with mask warrants

Florida Department of Education is stepping up fight against mask warrants from local school districts. Eleven districts across the state currently require students to wear face masks as a measure to slow the spread of COVID-19, but the state’s Education Department says those warrants violate an emergency rule of the new Florida general surgeon. More WJXT and FUM.

DeSantis pushes back against federal authorities on threats to educators

Gov. Ron DeSantis signaled on Tuesday that Florida will fight a federal effort to deal with a spike in threats against educators. DeSantis responded on Twitter to a decision on Monday by U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland directing the FBI to work with local officials to help deal with a “worrying spike in harassment, intimidation and threats of violence” against educators and school board members on controversial issues such as masking mandates and teaching “critical race theory.” [Source: ews Service of Florida]

Bringing AI Education to Underserved Students in Florida

One Zoom meeting was all it took for Florida High Tech Corridor Council CEO Paul Sohl to know he had stumbled upon something special. Just over a year ago, Sohl set up a reunion with Ora Tanner after reading a story about her vision as the co-founder and director of learning of The AI ​​Education Project, an organization at nonprofit focused on equity and accessibility in its mission to advance artificial intelligence (AI) literacy in untapped communities across the United States [Source: The Business Journals]


›Florida Memorial University fights against probation
Despite recent obstacles and challenges, Florida Memorial University (FMU) is moving forward with promising educational programs, student life activities, and a positive outlook for the future. Founded in 1879 and continuing its legacy as the oldest and only black university in South Florida, FMU at 15800 NW 42nd Ave. in Miami Gardens recently faced challenges after being placed on one-year probation in June due to financial burdens and decline. enrollment, according to a June 22 disclosure statement from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).

›Hillsborough schools are in a $ 60 million hole. They could ask for a tax increase.
Hillsborough County public school leaders want to follow the lead of other Florida school districts and use a real estate tax to fill persistent budget gaps. At a workshop on Tuesday, the school board discussed the possibility of asking voters to approve a local option property tax and start a campaign before the end of the calendar year.

›Two months after the start of the school year, children with disabilities are still waiting for state scholarships
Thousands of Florida disabled students whose parents rely on state scholarships to pay for their education and therapy are still waiting for the money two months after the start of the school year. The children – recipients of what was known as the Gardiner scholarship – were falsely registered as enrolled in public schools, parents said, citing conversations with Florida Department of Education officials.

›The College’s New $ 10 Million Entrepreneur House Has a Bright Future
Sandra Kauanui had previously had two careers, one as a business owner and the other in academia, when she moved with her husband to Southwest Florida in 2007. Although she didn’t t was not in full retirement mode, she hadn’t planned on working too long when she accepted a role in starting an entrepreneurship program at Florida Gulf Coast University in Fort Myers. 15 years later, Kauanui remains with FGCU – now a staple of the school, with its name on a building to prove it: the Daveler & Kauanui School of Entrepreneurship.

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