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$300 supplement for unemployed set to expire Saturday; advocates ask that DeSantis give an extension

Though a $300 per week federal unemployment supplement expires this Saturday, the Florida AFL-CIO and other advocates are calling on Gov. Ron DeSantis to keep the supplement going as the COVID-19 pandemic continues. On Thursday,...

Crucial third grade reading scores dropped while schools and districts struggled in the pandemic

On the Gulf Coast in North Florida, Sharon Hathcock, the director of instruction for Taylor County schools, saw some troubling numbers. Her kids' third grade reading scores from state exams had plummeted during the COVID...

Tenure denial for 1619 Project’s Nikole Hannah-Jones continues to roil UNC journalism program

Nikole Hannah-Jones, the journalist behind The New York Times’ “The 1619 Project,” will not join the faculty at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill without tenure, according to a letter from her legal team...

Senate Democrats’ voting rights push stalls in the face of GOP opposition

WASHINGTON — U.S. Senate Republicans shut down efforts to open debate on a sweeping elections-reform and voting-rights bill brought to the Senate floor by Democrats Tuesday night. In a party-line 50-50 vote, the Democratic measure,...

Environmentalists blast Gov. DeSantis for blocking local phase-outs of oil and gas as fuel sources

Disregarding warnings about worsening climate change, Gov. Ron DeSantis signed into law a measure that prevents local governments from moving away from oil and gas. The new law will slow down local government efforts to...

States race to launch multi-billion-dollar sports betting for NFL season; fans and foes in FL ready to clash

Are you ready for some football? More to the point: Are you ready to gamble on it (legally)? Twenty-one states and the District of Columbia are set to go, and nine more are working on it...

Florida 11th graders could take a free college entrance exam starting next school year if the state covers the cost

Florida 11th graders could take a national college entrance exam — either ACT or SAT — for free starting in the 2021-22 school year, if Gov. Ron DeSantis approves the legislation. The Florida Legislature approved...

College athletes score a big win in the U.S. Supreme Court in NCAA dispute

WASHINGTON—The U.S. Supreme Court unanimously ruled Monday that the National Collegiate Athletics Association cannot limit educational compensation to student athletes due to their amateur status. The 9-0 decision in NCAA v. Alston was delivered by Supreme Court Justice...
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Wisconsin congressman tries to ban ‘critical race theory’ in District of Columbia schools

WASHINGTON — A Republican member of the U.S. House from Wisconsin wants to restrict how District of Columbia public school teachers talk about racism and sexism, drafting a bill that’s the latest attack by the...

Where the lines are drawn: New state rule could threaten FL teachers’ academic freedom in history, civics

Nowadays, 7th grade civics teacher Robin Porter is not sure where the lines are drawn when it comes to teaching the past and the present. What is forbidden and what isn't? Academic freedom has been...

Settled into new homes, refugees in US say they are working for a better life for all

Violence, persecution and wars amid a global pandemic added to the growing number of displaced persons around the world last year. The United Nations reports that 11.2 million people were displaced from their homelands in...

State workers across the nation had a holiday Friday for Juneteenth Day — but not in FL

From Alabama to Nebraska, state employees were off Friday for Juneteenth Day in honor of a significant event in history that ended slavery in the United States — but not Florida's state employees. Gov. Ron...

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