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The traditional opening of public schools in FL may no longer mean August

Educators and other key officials working on how to safely reopen K-12 schools in Florida considered the possibility on Friday that it may not be safe to reopen schools right away.“We need to be...

Lawmakers get A through F grades — from a progressive point of view — and many GOP members flunked

No surprise: Republican Florida House Speaker José Oliva, who has pushed a conservative to libertarian agenda through the state House, got one of the lowest grades of all in an analysis by the Progress...

FL Board of Governors approves blueprint to reopen college campuses, but unions and faculty want more say

The Florida Board of Governors on Thursday approved a blueprint to guide public universities to reopen campuses safely, but faculty and union members pushed for more say on the individual university plans.“Local union officers...

Simple math tells a horrid story of unemployment claims in FL — but the state’s data isn’t easy to find

Like the online “dashboard” for public health data during the COVID-19 crisis, the state is publishing another data set to let jobless Floridians know what’s going on with unemployment benefits during the pandemic.The daily...
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Elected Ag Commissioner Fried takes Gov. DeSantis to task for freezing her out

Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services Nikki Fried lit into Gov. Ron DeSantis during the Florida Cabinet’s first meeting since February, for freezing her out of the state’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.Fried, the...

All the gorgeous beaches that belong to Florida’s taxpayers face a great threat: climate change

Last week, Stephen Leatherman, aka “Dr. Beach,” announced his selection as the best beach in the United States -- one in the Florida Panhandle, Grayton Beach State Park.“It's some of the finest white sand...
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College kids be prepared: ‘The traditional campus experience for students will be different from past years’

With the fall semester beginning in less than four months, Florida public universities are moving to reopen campuses during a public health crisis by coming up with plans to keep students and staff safe.Classes...
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FL officials hold closed meetings on logistics of opening schools, leaving the press and public in the dark

Ten groups discussing how to best reopen Florida's K-12 schools and colleges were closed to the press and public on Tuesday, raising questions about transparency as families try to manage a new academic year...

Compensation for Clifford Williams, who spent 43 wasted years in prison, is now in the hands of Gov. DeSantis

Clifford Williams, wrongfully imprisoned for 43 years, including five years on Death Row, is one step away from being compensated by the state of Florida – if Gov. Ron DeSantis approves the legislation.The move...

Lawmakers deregulated parts of FL’s beauty industry. Should clients, and the governor, be concerned?

Kristin Dariotis Klawinski is a Tallahassee-based cosmetologist and hair stylist. Like many hairdressers, barbers and other salon professionals, she reopened her doors recently, using safety precautions and social distancing. The biggest change to her day-to-day...

Parents, professors, and nonprofits join to petition against new civic literacy test

Families, college educators and nonprofit organizations filed an appeal Tuesday against the recent ruling by the State Board of Education to allow a 100-question multiple choice test to fulfill the state's college-level civic literacy...

Gov. DeSantis will continue the court fight to block voting rights for felons

Gov. Ron DeSantis said Tuesday his administration will continue to fight to block full implementation of Constitutional Amendment 4, which would restore felons’ voting rights in Florida.DeSantis told reporters his administration will appeal a...

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