Will the passage of the education bill lead to boycotts in Florida?
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed the controversial “Parental Rights In Education” measure – dubbed the “Don’t Say Gay” bill by critics – into law on Monday. Highly controversial legislation prohibits classroom teaching about ‘sexual orientation or gender identity’ in kindergarten through third grade, or ‘in a way that is not age or developmentally appropriate students in accordance with state standards”. The law quickly creates backlash, with talk of possible boycotts and potential impacts on Florida’s economic engine, the tourism industry. More WPTV, the Tampa Bay Times and CNBC.
The reading gap between black and white students in Florida is 29 points. It’s wider in some local districts
Data from the Florida Department of Education shows that black students in Florida read at much lower levels than white students. Data from the 2020-21 school year shows a 29 percentage point gap between the reading levels of white and black students across the state. And in the county school districts of Duval, St. Johns and Alachua, the gap is even wider. The Florida Department of Education tracks achievement in English and other subjects for all students and breaks it down by race each year on its website. [Source: WJXT]
Column: Raising salaries alone will not be enough to curb teacher turnover
Although current teacher retention numbers appear similar to years before the pandemic, high reports of teacher dissatisfaction are still concerning as school districts across the state struggle to fill teaching vacancies. . Teacher retention is a complex issue with many causes and caveats. A common explanation cited when discussing teacher turnover is teacher compensation – the idea being that if teachers were paid more, fewer teachers would leave the profession. [Source: Gainesville Sun]
Crisis in the Classroom: Isolation and Restraint in Florida Classrooms
The US Department of Education reported that more than 100,000 students were isolated or restrained in a single school year in 2017. Last school year, the state of Florida reported about 2,000 cases – more of 1,800 of those listed as a physical constraint, according to the data obtained. from the Florida Department of Education. [Source: WEAR]
If you’ve ever wondered why schools teach trigonometry but not how to balance a checkbook, this law is for you. Last week, Governor Ron DeSantis created a new graduation requirement for high school students in Florida aimed at improving their personal finances. On Tuesday, DeSantis signed into law SB 1054, requiring all Florida high school students to take at least a half-credit in financial literacy and money management before receiving a diploma. [Source: Pensacola News Journal]
ALSO AROUND FLORIDA:
› The University of Jacksonville will be featured on ‘The College Tour’
The University of Jacksonville has announced that “The College Tour,” an Amazon Prime streaming television series that spotlights colleges across the United States, is running on campus through April 5 for the final episode of its fifth season. The show is hosted by former “The Amazing Race” winner Alex Boylan and a class of 1999 JU alumni.
› Florida International University Applications Close to Pre-Covid Level
Florida International University is seeing freshman application numbers beginning to return to pre-pandemic levels, with some fluctuation among transfer students. The number of undergraduate students enrolled last fall was 46,280 and this spring, the semester ending in April, was 44,217, according to information from a university spokesperson.
› How Florida Professors Are Using UF’s Supercomputer to Solve Society’s Pressing Problems and More
The University of Florida Information Technology Research Computing hosted its Spring 2022 HiPerGator Symposium on Thursday. The Spring Symposium was virtual and featured research on artificial intelligence conducted on HiPerGator AI by members from UF, Florida International University, and the University of South Florida.
› FSU Continues to Shine in Latest US News Graduate School Rankings
Florida State University’s graduate and professional programs continue to rank among the best in the nation, according to the 2023 edition of US News & World Report’s “Best Graduate Schools.” Twenty FSU graduate and specialty programs are ranked in the top 25 public universities, according to the publication’s annual rankings released March 29. Education, business, law and engineering programs all climbed in this year’s rankings.
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