Tag: Julie Haden

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…