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Trump rebuffs Biden's call for a national mask mandate; nurses warn of risks of in-person school.


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Public News Service - FL: Education

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis announced K-12 schools will continue with distance learning for the rest of the school year due to COVID-19. (sweetlouise/Pixabay)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Florida Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran is facing backlash from Florida's teachers union for mandating that all school campuses reopen in the fall. With the increasing spread of novel coronavirus throughout Florida, education groups and parents are expressing concern th

Josephine Spearman, education coordinator for the Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve near Jacksonville, Florida, holds Indy, an eastern indigo snake, while filming an educational video for teachers and students to use during the COVID-19 quarantine. (Guana Tolomato Matanzas NERR)

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. -- While the coronavirus pandemic has altered many travel plans, a number of attractions are offering an interactive virtual experience in the era of social distancing. Some popular theme parks are providing virtual rides. You can even gaze at sea creatures at aquariums onl

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

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