During 'Learning Walks,' Miami-Dade, Palm Beach Districts Will Offer Lessons For Improving Teaching
In February, groups of educators from five school districts throughout the state will be visiting classrooms in Miami-Dade and Palm Beach counties, in hopes of learning how to improve teaching throughout Florida.
South Florida Teachers, Parents Suggest Changes To Proposed Academic Standards During Forum
Gov. Ron DeSantis’ administration is moving forward with one of the Republican’s chief campaign promises: eliminating Common Core academic standards from Florida schools. Shortly after taking office in January, DeSantis issued an executive order directing the state Department of Education to review Florida’s academic standards and provide recommended changes by the end of the year. The department must “articulate how Florida will eliminate Common Core,” according to the order. DeSantis also demanded “a roadmap to make Florida's standards No. 1 in the nation.” Education Commissioner and former House Speaker Richard Corcoran, a Republican, took that directive one step further during a public forum on revisions to the standards at a Palm Beach County high school on Monday night. “We’re going to have the world’s best standards,” Corcoran said. “If we get this right, we are literally going to change the hearts and minds and souls of our schoolchildren.” Common Core is a set of academic
University Of Miami Unveils New Financial Aid Plan Likely To Benefit Low-Income Students
Starting with next fall's freshman class, the University of Miami will take steps to meet the financial need of all admitted undergraduate students who live in Florida, with the exception of immigrants who are not here legally. The school's new plan, called "UM Within Reach," guarantees meeting the "demonstrated financial need" of admitted Floridians who are eligible for federal aid — meaning, they're U.S. citizens. The plan would also apply to all students who are accepted through the early admission program, which is binding. The plan doesn't mean students' tuition bills will be zero. Many families and students would still need to take out federal loans and pay some money out of pocket. "Whatever's left over is what we try to meet with grant money from the university," Chris Magnan, senior advisor of financial literacy, said during a Facebook live video announcing the new plan Wednesday evening. The university starts with the full cost of attendance, which ranges from $62,000 to $74
Miami-Dade Schools Grapples With 'Spike' In Threats, Urges Parents To Monitor Kids' Social Media
The Miami-Dade County Public Schools police force has investigated two dozen threats against schools and arrested six people in connection with those events since the academic year began in August, with nearly all of the incidents explained as “nothing more than a joke,” according to the superintendent.
Miami-Dade Schools Sues Opioid Makers, Sellers Over Drugs' Costly Effects On Students
The Miami-Dade County School Board has filed a federal lawsuit against more than a dozen corporations that manufacture or distribute opioids, claiming that the nation’s fourth largest school district should be compensated for the money it has spent battling the “worst man-made epidemic in modern medical history.”