Is Florida’s Election Fiasco a Teachable Moment?

It’s probably too early in the process to really know what all the lessons will be from Florida’s latest election mishaps. But I know one thing for sure. Young voters and soon-to-be voters are paying attention. After the mass murder at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Broward County, students showed up in force to […]

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Ron DeSantis May “Monkey This Up,” But Is He Racist?

Monkey it up Ron DeSantis Andrew Gillum

If you ask Twitter, Republican Ron DeSantis is obviously a racist. In a Fox News interview after his primary win Tuesday night, he said Andrew Gillum, the black nominee for governor on the Democratic ticket, was “articulate,” but that Florida doesn’t need to “Monkey this up.” That's not a dog whistle. Or a human whistle […]

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Florida Needs Another Path For Charter Schools

Elementary school students writing in classroom

This post appeared originally on The Capitolist. Amendment 8 may not be on the ballot come November, but we can’t ignore the issue it was trying to address. Charter schools have a legitimate place in our state. They’re written into our laws because they give families a public-school option (and hope) when their zoned school […]

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Florida’s Poorest Students Are Among the Nation’s Highest Achieving, So Why Won’t DeVos Approve Their State Plan?

Betsy DeVos, Education Secretary, has yet to approve Florida's State Plan

It looks like the feds are having a hard time figuring out what to do with Florida. After California and Utah’s education plans were approved last week, Florida is now the only state that still hasn’t gotten the green light. Florida officials sent in their first attempt at the federally required school accountability plan back […]

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