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Public News Service - FL: Education

Schools, child-care centers, and individuals from across the state submit thousands of decorated paper hands to hang at the Florida State Capitol during Children's Week. (Trimmel Gomes)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - This week, Florida's Capitol was jam-packed with the sticky hands of children to force policymakers to take note of their needs. The annual "Children's Week" kicked off last Sunday, with an event known as the "hanging of the hands" in the Capitol Rotunda. Tens of thousands of p

In January, Gov. Ron DeSantis issued an executive order to eliminate common core and instructed State Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran to review the academic standards for Florida’s kindergarten through grade 12 students to find a replacement. (Pixabay)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — For the fifth time in 24 years, Florida is changing its education standards - this time away from Common Core. But some educators say a complete overhaul is unnecessary. In January, Gov. Ron DeSantis issued an executive order to ditch Common Core, a set of academic standa

Ben & Jerry's has launched a new ice cream flavor to coincide with its multi-year campaign for criminal justice reform. (Pixabay)

MIAMI – Ice-cream maker Ben & Jerry's says everyone deserves the sweet taste of justice, and wants its new flavor to call attention to what the company founders see as "structural racism" in the criminal legal system. The Vermont-based company announced the "Justice ReMix'd" flavor on Tuesday

Young Black and Hispanic children were missed twice as often in the 2010 Census count as white children, according to Florida KIDS COUNT. (ponce_photography/ Pixabay)

MIAMI – Exactly one year from Monday, the official count of every resident of the United States begins with the 2020 Census. But Florida has long had problems getting an accurate count of its children. Nearly 1 million children were missed in the last census, according to data from Florida

Common Core standards provide benchmarks for what students should learn in math and English by the end of each grade. (stevepb/Pixabay)<br />

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Gov. Ron DeSantis says he wants to give teachers a bonus of more than $9,000 in the coming year. It's his second big education announcement, after an executive order last week to eliminate Common Core standards from Florida schools. The proposed bonus is welcome news for cash-st

Head Start and the expansion of state-funded programs since the 1990s have greatly increased access to preschool, according to Florida KIDS COUNT. (FeeLoona/Pixabay)

TAMPA, Fla. – A new study shows kids who attend Pre-Kindergarten programs do better in reading, writing and math as they get older than those who weren't enrolled. The Duke University study tracked the progress of students who'd been in North Carolina's pre-school program and showed gains in

The Thompson Institute for Earth Systems was started in 2018 to advance communication and public understanding of current research discoveries about Earth's natural systems in Florida and beyond. (Joakant/Pixabay)

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Florida's environment has been a topic that looms large for the state's residents and politicians this election cycle. Now, the Thompson Institute for Earth Systems at the University of Florida says it wants to make sure people are in the know about the latest environmental

Charter schools are public schools run by private organizations. About 1-in-10 Florida students attends a charter school. (Pixabay)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — A government watchdog group is calling Florida's growing system of privately run public charter schools "corrupt and wasteful," and wants policymakers to impose more rules on how charters spend their money. A new report from Integrity Florida, a nonprofit group seeking to

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