Tag: Florida Citizens’ Alliance

Prosecutions over books urged, IDEA moving into Duval, DeSantis’ agenda faces challenges and more

Prosecution over books urged: A conservative group that’s been pushing for school districts to remove books that include explicit sex scenes or LGBTQ relationships is now asking the state attorney general to prosecute schools that make those materials available…

Charter school expansion: A prominent nonprofit charter school company has announced that it plans to open four schools in Jacksonville in 2022. Texas-based IDEA Public Schools said the schools will educate about 900 students, most of whom are minorities and qualify for free school meals. No locations were named…

The DeSantis agenda: Gov. Ron DeSantis has laid out an ambitious agenda, especially on educational matters, including higher starting teacher pay, a change in the way bonuses are given to educators, increasing funding of mental health services for students, and improving security in schools. But there are questions about how much of that agenda can get through the Legislature, even though it’s dominated by his fellow Republicans. Many prominent lawmakers question where the money is coming from to pay for all these initiatives and others…

Florida schools roundup: Banning books, spending on guardians, charters and more

Book-banning move: The Florida Citizens Alliance says it has identified about 100 textbooks and library books in state schools that are “pornographic,” preach religious “indoctrination,” push “unbalanced propaganda” relating to climate change and violate Florida laws. It wants them removed, and many fear that the group, which has influence with[Read More…]

Florida schools roundup: Common Core, DeSantis, bonuses, Parkland and more

Next for Common Core: The imminent end to the Common Core standards in Florida schools has many state educators and parents worried about what they’ll be replaced with, how students will be affected, whether standardized testing will change and how much the change will cost. TCPalm. DeSantis’ busy start: In just[Read More…]

Florida schools roundup: Climate change, evolution, Bible classes, security and more

‘Alternative theories’: A bill is filed that would allow Florida school districts to teach students alternative theories to what it calls “controversial theories” such as evolution and human-created climate change in a “factual, objective and balanced manner.” The bill is sponsored by State Sen. Dennis Baxley, R-Ocala, who says schools[Read More…]