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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 »

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Plant High students upset at last-minute change to walkout rules

Students from Tampa Bay and across the country streamed out of their schools Friday in the latest round of gun-safety activism following the February shooting at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas high school in Parkland. At a West Tampa town hall meeting about gun safety Thursday night, Plant High School students expressed frustration to a Hillsborough School… Read more »

Andrew Gillum gets the most cheers as the Democratic gubernatorial candidates speak in Tampa

Fighting to lead their party in November and reversing two decades of Republican rule in Tallahassee, the four Democratic candidates for governor in Florida spoke in Tampa on Saturday night in front of several hundred members of the Hillsborough County Democratic Party. Philip Levine, Gwen Graham, Andrew Gillum and Chis King all gave their relatively… Read more »

Study: South’s native talent suffers without better schools

The Southerners with college degrees are more likely to be transplants than natives. Do we need better schools to reverse that? By JONATHAN DREW, Associated Press DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — The South’s increasingly diverse homegrown talent won’t share in the region’s economic growth unless state leaders commit to spending more on public schools and higher education,… Read more »

Student walkouts planned across US to protest gun violence; FLA donor launching Americans for Gun Safety Now

By COLLIN BINKLEY, Associated Press. Associated Press writer Jeff Martin in Atlanta contributed to this report. Follow Binkley on Twitter at @cbinkley From Maine to Hawaii, thousands of students planned to stage walkouts Wednesday to protest gun violence, one month after the deadly shooting inside a high school in Parkland, Florida. Organizers say nearly 3,000 walkouts are… Read more »

Teachers’ union opposes Florida Legislature’s school safety & guns bill

The Florida Legislature’s is voting this week on what’s being described as a school safety bill. There’s a lot of gun legislation in there as well. The Florida Senate discussed the school safety legislation Monday after a weekend session. On Saturday the Republican-dominated Senate rejected nearly fifty amendments from Democrats. Some of them were: banning… Read more »

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Florida teachers union opposes education bill; decertification is back in bill

A massive education bill is moving through the Florida Legislature and the Senate has added back in a provision that would decertify teachers unions if the number of dues-paying members falls below fifty percent. That’s just one of the many reasons Joanne McCall, president of the Florida Education Association, opposes the bill called HB 7055…. Read more »