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Sarasota school district still plans for August 31 in-person reopening, despite coronavirus

Here is a link to many coronavirus resources For now, Sarasota County Schools still plan to open to in-person classroom instruction at the end of the month. The school district and county health department are closely tracking the percent of people testing positive for coronavirus. Since the pandemic began, the overall positivity rate has been… Read more »


Thousands of Florida teachers rally in the state Capitol

The Florida Legislative session begins Tuesday. Teachers and their allies held a massive demonstration on Monday in Tallahassee. On MidPoint, we spoke with the president of the Hillsborough Classroom Teachers Association, Rob Kriete, about education issues. “We have a sea of people and buses here. The buses are countless, with teachers, educators, educational support professionals,… Read more »

King High School Students Discuss Fundraiser Due to Lack of Technology Funding in Classroom

Radioactivity with Rob Lorei Listen Here: Select 09/23/19 from the drop down menu Radioactivity: Interviews & Live Call-In Intro: My first topic today was about the effort by two King High School students in East Tampa/Temple Terrace to try to get 50 new (or relatively new) computers for their school.They want to either get computers… Read more »

USF St. Pete Faculty Senate President Says Currents Plans for Consolidation Are a Disaster

Radioactivity with Rob Lorei Listen Here: Select 09/19/19 from the drop down menu Radioactivity: Interviews & Live Call-In Intro: There’s a growing controversy over the preliminary plans unveiled last week by the University of South Florida’s new President—Steven Currall—over the re-consolidation of USF’s three campuses—Tampa, St. Petersburg and Sarasota. President Currall unveiled a preliminary blueprint… Read more »


Teachers and allies “Walk-In” to support Florida public schools

At hundreds of public schools across Florida Wednesday morning teachers gathered before school started with students, staff and parents to draw attention to how the Florida Legislature is under-funding public education. It was organized by the Florida Education Association. WMNF spoke with Mike Gandolfo, president of PCTA – the Pinellas Classroom Teachers Association. He was… Read more »

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Florida bill could let nonscientific theories be taught in science classes

A new bill in the Florida Legislature could affect how science and other subjects are taught; well-established scientific concepts like evolution and human-caused climate change might have to be ‘balanced’ with ideas that haven’t withstood scientific scrutiny. One critic of the bill, Anna Eskamani (D-Orlando), is a newly-elected  state representative in House District 47. “This… Read more »

American History You Should Know

The subtitle to David Treuer’s latest book, Heartbeat Of Wounded Knee, explains the American history you should know: Native America From 1890 To The Present. Sadly, as Treuer meticulously shows in over 500 pages the history of Native Americans is the history of the United States. David Treuer grew up Ojibwe on a reservation in Minnesota,… Read more »

Dartmouth Professor Describes Long Term Trends in the US that Resulted in Trump Victory

There’s a fierce debate in this country about why Donald Trump narrowly won the 2016 presidential election. What led to the Trump victory? The real estate mogul and reality TV star was able to break through in traditionally Democratic leaning states like Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania. He also won in Florida by 113,000 votes over… Read more »

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28 students “die-in” outside Marco Rubio’s Tampa office to protest inaction on gun violence

At noon today 28 people – most of them high school students – laid silent and motionless on the sidewalk in front of the Federal Building in downtown Tampa. The demonstration in front of the building where Senator Marco Rubio’s office is located is part of a nationwide series of die-ins to protest inaction on… Read more »

Hillsborough County School District officials believe a discussion about a referendum is due

School districts across Florida this year are increasingly looking at the idea of raising taxes to make up for budget deficits. Manatee County voters approved a measure earlier this spring raising property taxes to give raises to teachers and other employees, and officials in districts as diverse as Broward and Hernando County have also recently discussed… Read more »