Non-binary Florida teacher falls victim to “Don’t Say Gay” expansion law, fired for using ‘Mx.’ title

A physics teacher at Florida Virtual School was fired last month for using a gender-neutral title in class.
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New initiative sends free banned books to Floridians

Florida is one of the top states in the nation for book bans in schools. One organization is sending banned books to Floridians for free.
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New College of Florida trustees approve $1.3 million/year contract for controversial president Richard Corcoran

New College of Florida President Richard Corcoran is set to earn up to $1.3 million per year in salary and benefits in a five-year contract.
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New College of Florida’s business plan is “not financially viable” according to a UF business school professor

UF business faculty: A business plan outlining sweeping changes at New College of Florida is “not financially viable” in its current state.
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The Scoop: WMNF Daily News Digest

The Scoop: Fri., October 6, 2023 Tampa Bay & Florida headlines by WMNF

Jacksonville police beat man Last Friday, Le’Keian Woods was brutally beaten by Jacksonville Sheriff’s officers. His family joined his attorneys for a news conference this week.   DeSantis campaigns in Tampa Governor Ron DeSantis campaigned...

New College Board of Trustees approves “mighty banyans” as new mascot against the wishes of students, alumni

New College’s Board of Trustees voted last night to change the institution’s official mascot, despite criticism from the community.
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Former and current New College faculty share concerns about present, future of institution

Matt Lepinski hadn't planned on resigning from New College of Florida, but during his last Board of Trustees meeting, he couldn’t see a way forward. 
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Former New College librarian says firing was “intentionally disruptive”

Helene Gold said over the past three weeks, she felt “increasingly out of the loop.” So, the librarian wasn’t surprised when she received a call on Monday, requesting her immediate presence in the library conference...
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Confirmation of New College Board of Trustees is advanced by Senate’s Postsecondary Education Committee

The Senate Postsecondary Education Committee advanced the confirmations of seven new members of New College of Florida’s Board of Trustees.

Thousands of Florida students have been committed under the Baker Act

Florida had 5,077 incidents of students being involuntarily committed under a mental-health law, the Baker Act, during the past school year.
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U.S. Education Secretary expresses solidarity with Florida’s LGBTQ students over “Don’t Say Gay” bill

The U.S. Education Secretary has spoken with LGBTQ students in Florida. He says he supports students even if their governor does not.

Azalea Middle School students are youngest to earn drone safety certification

Two middle school students in Pinellas County have become the youngest people to ever pass a particular drone safety certification. They did it through a special program at their school, Azalea Middle in St. Petersburg....

Find out where your kids can get free meals this summer

During the school year, many kids who don’t get enough to eat at home can get free or reduced-price lunches at school. But where do they turn during the summer months? Well, you can find...
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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...

Law student pushing for plastic straw ban in Gulfport

The south Pinellas County beach community of Gulfport might consider banning single-use plastic straws; at the city council meeting Tuesday evening, a law student is introducing the idea of a straw ban in Gulfport restaurants....
USF St. Pete journalism student Andrea Perez on lead in water

Students find low levels of lead in South St. Pete water

Journalism graduate students at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg have found low levels of lead in drinking water samples taken in the homes of middle school students in South St. Pete. WMNF News...

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